Boone Hospital plans new development in south Columbia

Thursday, January 24, 2013 | 6:38 p.m. CST; updated 9:03 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA — Boone Hospital Center will develop 13 acres of land at the corner of Nifong and Forum boulevards, its spokesman said Thursday. The property has remained vacant since the hospital trustees purchased the site from the Synod of the Lutheran Church in 1993.

Hospital officials would not say exactly what the land would be used for. But the property's location has the potential to help the hospital serve a dense and growing area of Columbia, said Jacob Luecke, Boone Hospital Center media relations manager.

Coil Construction and engineering firm A Civil Group filed a request to rezone the property from office to commercial zoning on Jan. 14, said Tom Schneider, Boone Hospital trustees' attorney. The new designation would give the board more flexibility with its development plans, Schneider said. 

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will likely meet to discuss the rezoning request in February, and the Columbia City Council would then hold a hearing on the matter in March, Schneider said.

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