City counselor: Council 'in a holding pattern' on Opus

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 1:14 a.m. CDT; updated 6:42 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

COLUMBIA — The City Council is "in a holding pattern right now" regarding Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project, City Counselor Nancy Thompson told council members Monday.

At Monday's City Council meeting, the council and city staff discussed where the agreements stand in light of a referendum petition against the first agreement.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe asked for specifics about where the first development agreement stood, and City Manager Mike Matthes said everything would be on the table for the council to discuss at its next meeting, scheduled for June 16.

Council passed the original development agreement on March 19 during a special session, then passed an amended and restated agreement on May 19 after a petition voiced residents' concerns over the process used and the environmental impact of the proposed 260-bed, six-story student housing apartment complex planned for Locust Street.

Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman

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