Odle family buys more property on Locust Street

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 3:10 p.m. CDT; updated 9:35 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Odle family purchased property at 1108 Locust St. on May 22. Shown below are all of the properties owned by the Odles on the south side of Locust Street.

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.

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Kevin Gamble June 6, 2012 | 5:08 p.m.

It is unfortunate that such significant portions of a small downtown area will have their character decided for decades by people seemingly without any imagination, notion of community, or concern for longtime residents of the area. Recent developments downtown resemble nothing so much as repeated blows by a blunt instrument.

There is still time for me to be proven wrong in this analysis. But I am very confident that will not be the case.

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Ray Shapiro June 7, 2012 | 2:07 p.m.

("...and the still-under-construction Brookside on College apartments that were damaged in a May 27 fire.")
I still can not understand the kind of city construction site/building codes Columbia has which permits a builder, like this wealthy family of developers, to construct large apartment complexes, (without sufficient fire protection/site monitoring devises to stay off an insurance recovery of $7 million dollars), while putting an entire portion of our first ward under risk.
I also hope those college students, who might occupy the remaining apartments, are prepared to "smell check" their apartments for smoke damage which might linger long after they graduate and move out.
Nothing like living in a tinder box.
(A very LARGE tinder box.)
I wonder if their parents even care about what goes on in Columbia?

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Louis Schneebaum June 7, 2012 | 4:09 p.m.

Did anyone wonder what happened to the steel skeleton of the building that burnt? Oh wait, it was never there. These folks are building College Park (at least that's what it used to be called) type garbage, and won't spend an extra PENNY to increase either safety or long-term visual appeal.

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Ray Shapiro June 7, 2012 | 4:50 p.m.

@Louis S:
In Columbia, the marketing of "snooty cheap swank appeal" trumps "safety" any day.
Especially when it involves enticing a commodity like college students and destroying an all ready strained North to South commuting road like College Avenue.
(Those ugly rubber rods sticking out of the ground along the so-called bike boulevard in the middle of College Blvd doesn't help any of us either. From what I've seen, they too pose a safety hazard when bicycles dart out from every direction from those rubber weeds.)
This is what happens in a "College Town" when its city council fails to meet the needs of all their citizenry and cares to cater to the greed of their most wealthy developers while placating to the visionary whimsy of pednuts.

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Louis Schneebaum June 7, 2012 | 8:21 p.m.

As I live the life-style that city council/pednet/etc preaches to us about, it only becomes too apparent that none of them are for real.

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Mark Foecking June 8, 2012 | 2:10 a.m.

Ray, automobiles pose the greatest safety hazard of anything people commonly encounter. If you can't handle pedestrians/bicyclists/animals/children "darting out" of places, you shouldn't be operating two tons of deadly weapon that's statistically 70 times as dangerous as a firearm.

As far as building standards for student apartments, who set the standards for the older houses along Wilson and Rosemary? They've lasted many decades being made out of wood. The fact there's no steel framework in some of these structures doesn't mean they're unsafe, at least any more than other student housing.

MU is growing. Sorry, but without MU and its students, Columbia would be a LOT worse off economically. It'd be nice if a bunch of professionals would magically live downtown, but that isn't what's happening. Downtown is party central, and most of it caters to MU students. Accept it and move on.


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Ellis Smith June 8, 2012 | 5:23 a.m.

@ Ray Shapiro:

Two additions to Mark's post.

First any member of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) will attest that the most dangerous component of any automobile or truck (regardless of list price or year of manufacture) is the "nut behind the steering wheel."

Columbia revolves around two endeavors: higher education and health care. That's not going to change any time soon - if it ever changes. If you find that situation weird you are invited to visit Clemson University and/or Ohio University (not Ohio State University). There is little in the way of non-student housing at either Clemson, SC or Athens, OH. Where do faculty reside? In various communities near the universities but physically separate from them. After 5 pm and on weekends it's pretty much all students.

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Louis Schneebaum June 8, 2012 | 10:29 a.m.

I'm not sure how you leap from multistory buildings designed for multiple hundreds of people, to the old single-family homes from 60 - 100 years ago. That's just kinda stupid...

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Ray Shapiro June 11, 2012 | 1:13 p.m.

Actually the SAE acknowledges the need to ensure that roads are not car unfriendly, but more forgiving...
("Those in the Highway Safety Programs Service are working hard to increase crash avoidance capabilities of drivers and pedestrians on our streets and highways, to mitigate the effects of crashes on drivers, passengers, and pedestrians by creating a "forgiving" highway environment and by improving the survivability opportunities of those who become casualties. The time has long since passed when we can transfer responsibility for vehicle and highway safety to others. No longer can we blame only the "nut behind the wheel." We are not relieved of our responsibility to protect the occupants of vehicles, or others outside the vehicle who may be involved. The components of highway safety are inseparable, and cooperative effort is needed.")
Is the area surrounding this new "swanky" student apartment complex becoming more car-friendly or more hazardous to all concerned?
I'd even go as far to question why there are two new signs on ash street advertising the narrow street, back in parking and a newer bus stop which blocks off the street on the eastern corner, which is just about across the street from the bus terminal entrance.
Again, as Columbia "builds" are we making improvements for the motorist?
Is the town becoming safer for its occupants?

And Mark:
You might be interested in reading about the bicycles' role in causing accidents with motorists.
For instance:
("But who is really more likely to be at fault when bikes and vehicles collide?

The federal government, for one, doesn't know. "Fault is difficult to determine," a spokeswoman for the Federal Highway Administration tells Shots. Her office has never produced national data answering this question.

Cars do seem the more likely culprit since they're bigger, more powerful, and sometimes at a disadvantage spotting the spindly cyclists who dart around city streets, where most accidents happen. But when we looked at data from the few states where it's available, cyclists seem almost as likely to cause an accident as motorists.

Ed Beighe, who mans the Arizona bike blog Azbikelaw, crunched some numbers on fault from his state and found that 44 percent of fatalities from bike-car crashes in 2009 were determined to be the fault of the cyclist, while 56 percent were the fault of a motor vehicle driver. The most common collision was when a driver struck a cyclist from behind.")

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