COLUMBIA – Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on the planned road construction in the Grasslands neighborhood that calls for the destruction of eight houses.
The first phase of the plan, passed by the City Council on Nov. 19, includes construction of a road between Burnam and Bingham roads in the neighborhood, which lies immediately west of Providence Road. A road between Bingham and Brandon roads is included in the second phase, which has not yet been approved by the council.
The new roads would run through a total of eight houses, all of which have "historic value," according to a memo from the commission to the council.
In total, the combined phases of the plan would cost $6.6 million. The Missouri Department of Transportation will fund the first phase.
The Historic Preservation Commission will hold the public hearing to get input from residents on alternative solutions. The commission has proposed building a private alley between Bingham and Brandon roads rather than a street. That option would save some of the homes.
The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at the Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway. Columbia city planner Rachel Bacon said the commission will present any alternatives discussed at the hearing to the council at its Feb. 18 meeting.
The commission also is scheduled to discuss the project at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in city hall's Conference Room 1B.
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