Local Government

Columbia City Council approves Crosscreek apartment complex

The apartment complex at the Crosscreek Center, which will be called The Domain, will have 228 units within eight buildings on 23 acres.

Columbia City Council discusses change to trash collection method

The City Council discussed a potential move from plastic trash bags to roll carts during Monday's pre-council meeting. The recycling program would not be changed.

DoubleTree construction starts in June; developer says financing not a concern

Dave Parmley, who still needs $15 million to cover the project's cost, says he will have funding for the hotel within the month. 

Columbia City Council to amend blight resolution

The Columbia City Council will vote to rescind a portion of a resolution that certified that portions of Columbia and Boone County contain "inadequacies that lead to blight."

Chamber of Commerce committee hears enhanced enterprise zone presentations

A citizens group against the enterprise zone program declined to present its views to the chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

City Manager Mike Matthes reflects on his first year

Mike Matthes reflects on his first year in office and reviews key initiatives involving the Columbia Regional Airport, managing the city budget and improving the Columbia Police Department.

Development Strategies updates findings on the economic impact of historic preservation

Development Strategies, a consulting firm, reported its recent findings from an economic study it started in February. The study evaluates the economic impact of historic preservation.

Columbia's Fourth of July fireworks will move downtown this year

Fireworks will be shot from the top of the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets, and streets around the garage will close from 8:30 p.m. until the end of the display.

Columbia ponders increased use of popular public financing method

Although Columbia has two ongoing tax-increment financing projects downtown, city officials have expressed a desire to increase its use in the First Ward. Statewide data suggest many considerations need to be made before branching out.

A timeline of tax-increment financing from the 1950s to today

City and county officials are discussing the increased use of tax-increment financing, a public funding method pioneered in California in the early 1950s. The method was legalized in Missouri in 1982, though its use in Columbia has only picked up in the past three years.

Across Missouri, cities use tax-increment financing for a variety of purposes

City and county officials are pondering a more expansive use of tax-increment financing to address a variety of public projects. Here's a look at how the method is being used by other cities across Missouri.

Finalists chosen for public art to accompany Short Street garage

Two of the three finalists are Columbia residents. If the Columbia City Council approves the finalists, the artists will be paid $2,000 to create a design.

Columbia Hospitality Association suggests smaller lodging tax increase

The lodging tax would finance a bond issue that would pay for a terminal renovation proposed in January.

Columbia Water and Light asking for input on proposed water main

The city will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School media room.

Neighborhood association discusses storm water, traffic concerns with developers

The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association talked about development on the corner of Walnut Street and College Avenue.

Details on plan to address problems at Columbia Police Department expected mid-May

City Manager Mike Matthes sent a letter to the mayor and City Council members on Friday outlining a response to an independent review of the Columbia Police Department. Concrete goals for improvement are expected by mid-May.

Columbia Imagined asks residents to identify goals, objectives of development

Columbia Imagined, Columbia's plan to improve and maintain the local community, is asking for the public opinion of its residents as it enters the fourth of six phases.

Columbia's partnership with banks provides housing opportunities in older neighborhoods

The Columbia Community Development Corp. has built 29 new homes since 1994 in an effort to bring more homeowners into Columbia's timeworn districts.

City of Columbia hosts event to inform people about fair housing

Tenants who feel they have been discriminated against may file complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights or the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Columbia releases survey asking for residents' input concerning city priorities

The city of Columbia recently released a survey asking residents to weigh in on which issues they think are important and how the city can improve services for the city's strategic plan.