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Providence Road project, Break Time zoning on Monday council agenda

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:17 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 13, 2013

COLUMBIA — Street projects on Providence Road and in the Grasslands Neighborhood, as well as the proposed rezoning of property at Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road, are on the agenda for the Columbia City Council's regular meeting on Monday night.

The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on whether to rescind a November vote that approved the first phase of a two-part project intended to address traffic congestion on Providence Road and to improve traffic flow in the Grasslands neighborhood south of Stadium Boulevard.

The project has proved contentious because it calls for the demolition of eight homes that members of the Historic Preservation Commission think might have historic value. Other residents have said the estimated $6.6 million cost of the two-phase plan is too expensive.

The council has reviewed 10 options that city staff have presented for improving traffic flow in the area. A little more than half the people who attended an interested parties meeting about the situation indicated that they prefer the current plan.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, however, has placed its review of the project on hold, citing inadequacies in an initial report that the city filed with the agency, according to a Thursday story in the Missourian.  

After the public hearing Monday, the council is expected to vote on whether to rescind the plan approved in November and to give City Manager Mike Matthes direction on how to proceed.

The council also is scheduled to hear public comment and to discuss a request that property at the southwest corner of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway be rezoned to accommodate plans for a Break Time convenience store.

The land would have to be rezoned from agricultural to planned commercial use. Neighbors have argued that the convenience store would harm property values, worsen traffic and further exacerbate development along Rock Quarry, which is a designated scenic roadway.

The developers, however, have said that the site is suitable for commercial development and is a prime location for a store that would serve students living in nearby apartment complexes.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-4 last month to recommend the council approve the request. City staff, however, is recommending the council reject it, given the size of the property and its proximity to homes.

Monday's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council's chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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Comments

Bill Fisher April 13, 2013 | 8:17 a.m.

The less I have to drive to get to a gas station, the better.

No opinion on the Providence project, though. Its current state is a mess, and I just don't know how they can fix it. It'll suck to see those houses get torn down, but I don't see any other way.

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Corey Parks April 13, 2013 | 9:07 a.m.

Why is it that the house would have to be tore down? Seems to me there is an additional 50+ feet of open space on the campus side of things. THey can move the sidewalk up against the building (just like downtown) and use that space for traffic if that is really the way they want to go.
My personal believe and understanding of urban planning is that people will always move in to fill the void thus negating any positive effect they were going for. Go ahead and make the road larger but it will just have the same problems in a few years.

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Steven Sapp April 14, 2013 | 1:32 p.m.

Corey,

One of the issues on the east side of Providence is a rather large underground electrical bank and associated wires and equipment. It all could be moved; the last cost estimate to do so was just over 1.5 million dollars.

No opinion expressed as to what should be done, just wanted to provide a little information on one of issues on the east side of Providence between Stadium and Rollins.

Sincerely,

Steven Sapp, Public Information Specialist
Columbia Public Works

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