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City Council delays vote to donate land to Columbia Housing Authority

Monday, June 17, 2013 | 10:16 p.m. CDT; updated 12:17 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council tabled a vote Monday night to donate three city-owned properties to the Columbia Housing Authority, which plans to develop affordable housing on the land for low-income families and individuals.

The council tabled the vote until July 15 to allow more time to share plans with the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association.

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With the addition of properties at 106, 108 and 110 W. Sexton Road, the Housing Authority would own a total of nine properties on the block. In December, the authority bought six properties on Lynn Street, Oak Street and Sexton Road for a total of $326,164 to continue moving forward with the affordable housing initiative it launched in May 2012.

Background

The city initially acquired the Sexton Road properties in 2010 using money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program is intended to stabilize neighborhoods affected by foreclosures. The city won a total of $610,806 from the program.

In addition the city properties, the housing authority expects that the Columbia Community Development Corp. will donate three properties at 109, 111 and 113 Lynn St. for the project.

What is the project?

The proposed development, which would be called McQuitty Square, could provide six single-family houses, three three-plex apartment buildings and three duplexes. It also calls for creating a new street off Garth Avenue, according to conceptual designs provided to the council in a report from Community Development Director Tim Teddy. The total cost for the project is estimated at $3.4 million. Construction is planned to start in fall 2014 and be completed in fall 2015. 

The housing authority also plans to build a complex of 40 single-bedroom apartments at the northeast corner of Garth Avenue and Sexton Road that would be called Kinney Point, named for Marvin McKinney, a former chairman of the housing authority’s board of commissioners who died April 3.


What's next?

The plan will be brought up at the July 15 council meeting.  

Other City Council news

  • Jessica Kempf, president of the Columbia Board of Realtors, spoke about city ordinances 13-156 and 22-184 and how the board would like the city to rescind the ordinance and request an immediate moratorium on the ordinance while city staff investigates the legal issues involved. The council requested a report to look at the legality of the ordinances.
  • The council discussed the use of compressed natural gas instead of biodiesel in city vehicles and the construction of a natural gas station at 1900 Lake Ridgeway Drive. Members heard a report on funding and a possible TIGER grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation that would fund the cost of the station. The council approved the site in December 2012.

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