Local Government

Judge rules against Opus opponents, suit against city of Columbia remains

U.S. District Judge denies a request for an injunction that would continue to block the city from issuing permits for a six-story student housing development on Locust Street.

$2.4 million could be returned to flight investors

American Airlines flights to Chicago and Dallas from Columbia Regional Airport have been mostly profitable for the past 18 months.

Columbia will install audible pedestrian signals by 2015

Signals will be installed at four intersections, with eight others to follow when more money becomes available. The Disabilities Commission and Tiger Council for the Blind have been advocating for the systems for several years.

Public questions Columbia City Council's intent with budget proposal

Residents brought up the proposed discontinuation of the city's trash bag voucher program and hike in sewer connection fees. Others supported a change to rental property inspection fees.

Columbia City Council to discuss solar project, Hinkson Creek, sewer cost increase, Flat Branch trunk line

Here's a preview of the various public improvement projects and rate increases the Columbia City Council will discuss Tuesday night.

Public forum looks for alternative ways to fund infrastructure

Five state representatives will host the discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Columns Room at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center.


City, users optimistic about natural gas filling station

The Clean Energy pumps opened last Monday and are open to the public.

Neighbors say Ameren Missouri property would be ideal for a park

Residents of the North Village Arts District are hoping the city will buy the land, which is the site of a former coal gasification plant.

City Council considers increasing parking fees to address budget shortfall

City Manager Mike Matthes said the city needs more parking revenue to close this year's $30,000 deficit.

Opus could learn fate of new student housing Thursday

There will be a teleconference hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday on Opus' motion to dissolve the temporary restraining order that has blocked the developer from receiving building permits.

Opus lawyers say lawsuit against city meant to ruin housing project

Opus lawyers argued Thursday the restraining order blocking the project from getting building and demolition permits has nothing to do with residents civil rights lawsuit against the city that caused a judge to issue it.

Ordinance proposes to add meters at disabled parking

An ordinance to stop free parking for motorists with disabilities and add ADA-compliant spots near East Broadway will go for a vote by the City Council on Sept. 2.

Judge could rule next week whether Opus can intervene

Opus may get the chance to intervene in a civil case that has kept it from construction.

Leadership council report identifies vast infrastructure needs, funding options

The council suggested the Downtown Community Improvement District use tax revenue to help pay for utility projects in the central city.

Opus lawyers want plaintiffs' lawyers to hurry

Lawyers representing Opus Development Co. want to speed up legal proceedings in the lawsuit that's blocking the company's student housing project from construction.


City's attorney moves Opus suit into federal court

The civil rights case related to the proposed Opus Development Co. project has been moved to federal court. U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey continued the restraining order blocking the developer from construction by 10 days.

City redevelopment program provides affordable housing

The City Council approved the purchase of forgotten homes in a Columbia neighborhood that will be redeveloped by the city. Homeowners and neighbors speak about the program and the state of the houses.

Plaintiffs say spray paint violates Opus restraining order

Columbia attorney Jeremy Root filed a motion for sanctions against the city Monday that states that by marking utility connections with spray paint around the proposed site of the Opus Development Co. project, the city directly violated a judge's restraining order.

UPDATE: City repeals development agreement with Opus

The repeal came after a group of residents successfully petitioned for the council to consider its repeal.

Columbia City Council approves more downtown housing, zoning rule changes

On Monday night, Columbia City Council approved a development agreement and rezoning request from American Campus Communities to build an apartment tower at Providence Road and Turner Avenue. It also voted to approve interim changes to the zoning code for the central business district.