COLUMBIA — The Odle family, operating as E Locust LLC, purchased another property on the south side of Locust Street on May 22.
The house at 1108 Locust St. completes the strip of lots owned by the Columbia family between Waugh and Hitt streets. The only lot on the south side of Locust not owned by the Odles is the one at Locust and Waugh, across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church and owned by the Diocese of Jefferson City.
The Odle family owns several other properties downtown, including the Brookside Downtown buildings on Tenth Street that opened in August 2010 and the still-under-construction Brookside on College apartments that were damaged in a May 27 fire.
Additionally, the family bought the former Athena nightclub on May 11. Part of that property was rezoned as planned commercial in April at the request of Regina Properties, an investment group interested in building student apartments, according to a previous Missourian article.
Planned commercial, or C-P, zoning allows more flexibility in developers' plans but also gives the City Council the authority to debate and demand changes in the details of those plans.
City planner Matthew Lepke said he was aware of the Odle family's interest in the properties on the southwest side of Locust at Hitt.
"Even when the other guy was asking for the zoning, people were saying if this fell through, they would snap it up," Lepke said of Regina Properties' rezoning request. "It was a poorly kept secret in the development community that they (the Odles) were interested."
Lepke said that for the new owners to build on the 1108 Locust St. and Athena properties, they would need to submit a development plan for approval by the council.
The Athena property, however, is zoned C-2 or open commercial. Lepke said the city has less control over development of that category of property.
The other properties along Locust between Hitt and Waugh were bought in 2011 by 10th and Locust LLC, also operated by the Odles. The council rezoned those lots on March 5 to accommodate the construction of a mixed-use building.
The developers plan a building with retail space on the ground floor and upper-level apartments for students. Lepke said a development plan for a four-story building with 40 units is under review by the planning division and is expected to be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 21.
If the Odles want to build a development similar to that on one of its adjoining properties and include the Athena lot, Lepke said they would be subject to the review process of the planned commercial zoning.
The open commercial zoning would still apply to the Athena property.
The Odles also have requested the rezoning of property they bought in April on the south side of Walnut Street near the Brookside on College development.
The council approved amendments to the rezoning request at its meeting Monday. The amendments, in the form of agreements by the developers, would take effect if the rezoning is approved by June 18.
The first involves FastCAT, a downtown and campus bus system. The developers would purchase passes for the residents of their apartment complexes for five years and spend $10,000 to advertise the system for that time.
The second allows for the construction of another apartment complex after rezoning and the construction of a temporary parking lot on the south side of Walnut until the parking garage planned for the north side is complete.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the revised rezoning request at its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.
Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.