Columbia residents handed in an amended petition to halt the construction of Opus Development Co.'s proposed six-story, 256-bed project on Locust Street. A previous effort fell 91 signatures short.
The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence will send a report to the Columbia City Council recommending the city and private businesses stop asking applicants if they've been convicted of a felony until a face-to-face interview is conducted.
The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Infrastructure Subcommittee is writing a report on downtown infrastructure and how to fund the necessary improvements.
The news conference will be at 11 a.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building. A news release from the city said the announcement will reveal "a medical science company's multi-million dollar development plan in Columbia."
The Board of Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission are holding a public meeting Thursday night regarding a pending amendment to city ordinances that would decriminalize marijuana cultivation.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on draft plans for the city's new zoning code at 6:30 p.m. The proposed changes are designed to make the code more user friendly and easier to read.
The project, The Lofts on Broadway, will be located on the northeast corner of Tenth Street and Broadway and will have 36 beds.
City staff has estimated it will cost $49** million to upgrade downtown's utilities. Commissioners have been asked to find a way to finance the improvements.
City Council members will receive their first checks in person at the City Council meeting on Monday since the City Charter approved in 1949 made the elected positions volunteer.
After being told the petitions fell 91 signatures short of the required 3,209, organizers said they'll gather additional signatures and continue to press for repeal of an ordinance.
The new plans for apartments on Locust Street would remove ground-level apartments facing Eighth Street. Opus Development Company would still pay for sewer and water utility upgrades.
The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence came to a consensus on 12 common themes in regard to violent crime in Columbia, but it stopped short of making formal recommendations to the City Council.
The proposed changes to C-2 zoning, which covers most of downtown, have moved too fast, commissioners said.
Winona Coleman-Broadus detailed the racial inequality and cultural insensitivity she felt she experienced after her son's death.
Mayor Bob McDavid has asked city staff to find a way to invalidate the petition after Opus Development Co. threatened to sue.
Along with recommending the approval of interim C-2 zoning protections, the downtown leadership is also seeking City Council approval to bring in an independent consultant to analyze the city's infrastructure.
Citing environmental concerns, the Columbia City Council voted not to approve the final plat of the Parkside Estates subdivision, leaving the developers open to address their concerns or sue.
The council also approved a measure that would publish utility use data for rental units on the city website.
New C-2 zoning rules the city is considering would require proposed buildings downtown of 10 or more stories to get City Council approval and impose parking requirements for new residential buildings.
Citizen complaints were impetus for ban. The current proposal includes exceptions and special cases.