COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to approve the Odle brothers’ development plan for apartments and first floor commercial space at 1110 through 1116 Locust St.
The Odles began purchasing property on the street in 2011, including most recently a house and an alleyway from the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City on June 6. Several lots on the street were rezoned in March by the Columbia City Council to accommodate student apartments.
What happened: The Planning and Zoning Commission decided to recommend approval of the East Locust Street C-P Plan to the Columbia City Council with a 6-1 vote.
Commissioners Karl Skala, Doug Wheeler, Ann Peters, Rusty Strodtman, Stephen Reichlin and Bill Tillotson voted in favor of the approval.
Commissioner Andy Lee opposed the motion.
Commissioners Ray Puri and Matthew Vander Tuig were absent from the meeting.
- Peters expressed concern about the number of tenants proposed for the apartment building and about parking for future tenants.
- Property designer Kevin Murphy from A Civil Group addressed Peters' concern and stated that the property will house 130 to 150 beds. Murphy said the developers are looking into developing a rain garden with proper drainage and discussed roof draining to a private system, which may slow up the development process.
- Murphy addressed prior commission concerns about parking and said that his clients are working with Sacred Heart Catholic Church to use its nearby lot at 1115 Locust St., as well as with public transportation to accommodate tenants.
- Lee reiterated his concerns about on-site parking for the proposed building. He doubted the use of the church property as a parking option. He said that even though the building seems good for future residents, he remains skeptical about the effects on the neighborhood.
- Wheeler asked about the elevation of the building, which will be similar in height to the Brookside Downtown apartments on Tenth and Elm streets and will feature a flat roof. He said he appreciated the reduced size of accommodation from 150 possible rooms to 40.
- Skala recommended the owners use the upcoming FastCAT Express bus route for their Locust Street property, as the owners previously committed to doing for their property on Walnut Street, south of the Brookside on College apartment complex. He said he was pleased to know developers were working on the possible problems with the property’s rain garden.
What’s next: The approved development plan will move forward to the City Council meeting on July 16.
Other Planning and Zoning news: The commission unanimously recommended a request by trust owner Sara Maguire LeMone to rezone 2.41 acres of land from C-3, general business district, to “simplified” C-P located at 1714 Commerce Court. The vacated warehouse currently has an interested buyer who would lease the facility for food processing technology, which would require light industrial use. The "simplified" C-P allows higher industrial use, and the facility has the possibility to expand in the future.
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