Odles' temporary Brookside parking lot approved

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 10:09 p.m. CDT; updated 11:06 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

COLUMBIA — A conditional use permit for Brookside's developers was approved by the Columbia Board of Adjustment at its meeting Tuesday night.

The permit will allow the developers, Jon and Nathan Odle, to build a temporary parking lot on their tract of land along the 1200 block of East Walnut Street.

The lot will be constructed to meet the parking demands of Brookside on College tenants until a parking garage can be constructed. A May 27 fire set back the final completion date of the complex and consequently the four-story parking garage developers have planned for the north side of Walnut Street.

The conditional use permit for the lot will last until Aug. 1, 2014.

Once the garage is completed, the parking lot on the south side of Walnut Street will be removed, and construction will begin on a new apartment complex in its place. The complex is expected to house 420 tenants.

Creation of the temporary parking lot is contingent upon the approval of the developers' rezoning request, which will go before the council Monday evening.

Currently, half of the planned lot is zoned as R-3 (residential) property, which is not permitted for surface parking. The rest of the land is zoned as C-2 (central business district) commercial property, which is permitted for surface parking.

If the developers' rezoning request, which was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission last week, is approved by the council Monday, the R-3 land will become C-2 land, and construction of the temporary lot and subsequent apartment complex can begin.

If the rezoning request is denied by the council, the developers' attorney, Craig Van Matre, said apartments of a similar size but different design will be built on the lot.

Rejection of the rezoning request would also mean a termination of the development agreement and FastCAT bus agreement reached between the city and the Brookside developers.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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