Columbia planning and zoning board approves Discovery Park development

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 10:32 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA– A six-story office building, 193 housing units and four new roads could be part of the first construction at the Discovery Park development unfolding on Columbia’s south side.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of two development plans and rezoning of 15 acres of Discovery Park's 185-acre total area. The Columbia City Council will vote on final approval.

The proposal from Trittenbach Development, a company owned by the developers of the Brookside apartment complexes, would redraw the zoning lines within the property to meet the lot's current boundaries.

The development company plans a mix of shopping, office and housing at the site, which was annexed into the city in 2004.

The company plans to build:

  • a six-story office building.
  • 10 single-family homes.
  • one triplex.
  • nine fourplexes.
  • six 24-unit, multifamily buildings.
  • four new roads.

The plan might not meet the city's requirement for stormwater drainage,  city planner Pat Zenner said. The company must still submit final stormwater protection plans to the Public Works Department.

Mike Hall, the engineer overseeing the project, said construction is expected to begin this spring.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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