Employees at Shelter Insurance Company might hear the sounds of construction equipment next door as early as next spring after planning and zoning commissioners voted Thursday to approve the company’s plans to build three office buildings at Stadium Boulevard and West Broadway.
Joe Moseley, Shelter vice president, is hoping to have the project completed by the end of 2006.
“Shelter wanted to bring something to this intersection in Columbia,” said Dan Simon, a Shelter representative, at Thursday’s meeting. “Shelter company owns this property (and) will continue to develop it in a responsible fashion.”
Plans submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission call for the creation of the Shelter Office Plaza on a 5.3-acre tract that once was home to a Burger King restaurant, which Shelter recently demolished.
The complex will provide 60,000 square feet of office space that will be rented out in three buildings no taller than 50 feet.
The western-most building will be two stories and the eastern buildings will both be one story.
Residents in the area initially raised concerns about the development and how it would change the character of the current residential area, although no one spoke in opposition at Thursday’s meeting.
Only a few trees survive on the existing lot. Plans call for a contemporary style for the buildings.
Shelter Insurance hired an architect from Kansas City to design the future complex. Architect Carl Yaegar’s plans call for slanted-roof buildings made of brick with stone accents.
Sidewalks will be constructed between the buildings and will connect to the existing sidewalk along West Broadway.
There will be 200 parking spaces on the site, 15 of which will be reserved for bicycles.
Commissioners unanimously recommended the proposal for City Council approval on the condition that a left turn be constructed on West Broadway before occupancy permits are issued.
“I’m so delighted to see Burger King gone. It was ugly,” said Commissioner Jerry Wade. “I love the green space. I’m really pleased to see the quality of development going in at that corner.”