City staff to detail which downtown projects can still proceed

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 10:34 p.m. CST; updated 1:55 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

COLUMBIA — City staff are preparing a report for the Columbia City Council that will detail which proposed downtown developments the city's utility infrastructure could support.

It's not a short list, City Manager Mike Matthes said. He estimated that about 15 projects will be in the mix, but there isn't capacity for all of them.

"Some of them will simply not be built," he said. 

The only development Matthes singled out by name was The Broadway Hotel. It's impact on the utility grid is minor right now, but it will ratchet up soon, he said.

"Obviously, they will proceed. We approved that years ago," he said.

City staff will begin to develop the comprehensive list Tuesday. It will be presented to the council during Monday's pre-council meeting.

Matthes was speaking at the biannual First Ward check-in meeting. Ginny Chadwick and Bill Easley, two of the candidates running for the First Ward's seat on the council, attended the meeting. Tyree Byndom said he couldn't attend because he was taking his daughter to gymnastics.

The council voted down a tax increment financing proposal on Feb. 17 that would have funded improvements to the city's infrastructure grid. The TIF district would have encompassed much of the First Ward.

The council election is scheduled for April 4.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton

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