COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to table a request to annex and rezone the Peppers Nightclub property. The commission will reconsider the request at its June 21 meeting.
Karon Rowe, owner of the property at 4515 N. Highway 763, requested annexation and rezoning of her property in May. She requested a change from County C-G, general business, and R-S, single family residential, to C-P, planned commercial zoning.
The request was previously tabled at the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission's meeting on May 24.
Before Thursday's meeting, Rowe asked for the request to be tabled again.
Her request for rezoning and annexation included a statement of intent, outlining a list of possible uses for the property, including other businesses, schools and apartments. Some of these proposed businesses, such as restaurants, could sell alcohol.
In the commission's agenda report for Thursday's meeting, city staff recommended eliminating nightclubs and bars, along with schools, day cares or restaurants from the proposed property uses cited in Rowe's statement of intent. City staff also opposed selling alcohol on the premises.
Columbia Police Department stated in the agenda report that it would not endorse the property to be used for clubs, cabarets or bars.
Before any new developments can be made on the property, the city sewer system must be connected to the property, which would be the owner's responsibility.
- May 2012: Owner Karon Rowe submitted a zoning request to the city and requested annexation.
- November 2011: Peppers Nightclub closed after a fatal shooting. Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight sought an injunction against the nightclub, but Rowe agreed with prosecutors to close the club immediately. The property could not be used for a bar, nightclub or similar business for at least a year, and Rowe had to give up her liquor license for a year.
- October 2011: Tevin Nelson, 21, died after a fatal shooting outside of the club. Peppers was open past the legal time, and a crowd loitered in the parking lot.
- August 2011: Peppers reopened after it was closed for having more than 10 critical health violations. The Boone County Sheriff's Department searched the club under a warrant and found health violations including expired meat and mice.
- July 2011: Karon Rowe was arrested after the Boone County Sheriff's Department found evidence to indicate illegal activity. Deputies found firearms on the property, along with evidence of prostitution and illegal use of Missouri Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to obtain food, they reported.
July 2011: A 21-year-old was stabbed.
- June 2011: A 17-year-old was injured in a shooting.
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