COLUMBIA — The City Council voted unanimously Monday to support a development plan for the Crosscreek Center that calls for an upscale student apartment complex.*
The council approved an amendment that was a revised plan for a complex proposed by Houston-based developer Asset Plus. The lot was originally proposed in 2008 to be used for a car dealership.
The apartment complex, which will be called "The Domain," will have 228-units within eight buildings on 23 acres. There will be a total of 654 bedrooms, said Community Development Director Tim Teddy.
Traffic concerns were raised at the March 7 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe brought up those concerns at Monday’s council meeting. Hoppe’s specific concern was accidents at the exit of U.S. 63 off East Stadium Boulevard between Audubon Drive and U.S. 63.
She said she is hoping for a reduced speed limit. Teddy said there is an ongoing discussion on how to take care of that problem.
A recent study of the Crosscreek property predicted that the complex will generate less traffic than the parking lot would have, according to a previous Missourian article.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the development plan for Crosscreek apartments on April 5.
In other council action:
- A Civil Group, on behalf of BRS Properties*, requested voluntary annexation of property on the north side of Smiley Lane. The owners requested C-P, or planned commercial, zoning for the property.* The land in question is part of a property within city limits as well as land in Boone County. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the request May 10 at their regular meeting.
- The Pinball Co. request for property on the north side of West Green Meadows Road to be rezoned from residential to planned commercial for retail use was pulled by Jay Gebhardt on behalf of Nic and Brooke Parks. More than 10 people trickled out after it became clear that discussion on the issue was no longer on the agenda. Mayor Bob McDavid said that dropping the request so close to the meeting was "not respectful." The Planning and Zoning Commission had denied the zoning request on April 5.
- Council approved a request for a plan to rehabilitate the taxiway at Columbia Regional Airport. The request also called for bids through the Purchasing Division, according to meeting materials.
- The council also authorized the construction of street improvements to Forum Boulevard. These include widening the street and adding a traffic lane from Katy Lane to the bridge over Hinkson Creek. The traffic lane would accommodate left-turn movements from Forum Boulevard into the Victoria Park driveway and MKT driveway.
- Money that went unused for snow removal during this year's balmy winter was directed to two Public Works projects. The council approved spending an estimated $100,000 to upgrade Sunset Lane in the Fourth Ward following stormwater and sewer renovations this summer. It also approved spending an estimated $150,000 to replace a storm sewer at Ash Street and Hubbell Drive near the under-development Brookside apartments. These projects were approved after seeking public input during town hall meetings earlier this year.
Missourian reporter Kip Hill contributed to this report.
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