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Columbia council approves Odles' Locust St. student housing, retail

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 10:48 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Odle brothers can begin construction of their Locust Street properties after the City Council unanimously approved their development plan Monday evening.

The development plan for 1110-1116 Locust St. includes a proposed four-story mixed-development structure on the lot. This building would have 40 apartment units and retail space on the first floor. 

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All properties on 1110-1116 Locust St. are zoned as C-P, planned commercial, except for the former Athena Night Club property, which is zoned as C-2, open commercial. Despite different zoning designations, the developers will be able to build one structure on the lot.

Before approving the development plan, the council discussed the Planning and Zoning Commission's concern about parking for the future building's tenants. The commission approved the development plan July 5.

Community Development Director Tim Teddy said the developers had no set plan for parking, but will work with tenants in providing transit options.

Mayor Bob McDavid commended the developers for their willingness to work with the transit system and for buying transit passes for their clients. He said the the plan was "an ideal development." 

Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl said he did not have immediate concerns with parking but was worried about the issue 20 years down the line.

He said that if this property begins housing permanent residents with cars, rather than just students, there will be problems.

"It may not always be student housing," he said. 

However, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said the location could attract permanent residents who want to live downtown despite parking limitations. 

Jonathan and Nathan Odle began purchasing property on Locust Street in 2011. On March 5, the council approved the rezoning of these properties from residential to planned commercial.

The Odle brothers, operating as E Locust LLC, later purchased Athena Night Club on May 11 and an additional lot May 22.

The company completed its purchases June 6, when it bought a house and alley behind 1116 Locust St. from the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. This final purchase gave the company ownership of most of the south side of Locust Street between Waugh and Hitt Streets.

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.


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Comments

Kevin Gamble July 17, 2012 | 1:32 p.m.

"the developers had no set plan for parking, but will work with tenants in providing transit options."

Look for the parking garage to be added once construction has begun and it's too late to turn back. We heard this line before with the development at Walnut & College, and look how that's turned out.

Also, now taking bets on whether the retail space will actually materialize. We're batting about .000 when it comes to that approval-carrot actually ending up in finished downtown housing developments.

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John Schultz July 18, 2012 | 9:52 a.m.

Kevin, what other developers have offered retail with their housing developments downtown? I think the Odles did with the tower project they wanted TIF assistance with, but that project didn't go through in the end.

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Ray Shapiro July 18, 2012 | 12:02 p.m.

("It may not always be student housing," he said.")
He's right.
Eventually it could become a Section 8 apartment complex.
Especially as future, newer, swankier student housing complexes get built and the students get their parents to spring for those.

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