Columbia's blight debate: EEZs' value as job-creation tool unclear

Building on Boone Industrial Drive would be in EEZ

COLUMBIA — Vacant factory buildings blemish the roadsides of Route Z, Prathersville Road and Vandiver Drive, towering over parking lots that span concrete flats the size of several football fields. "For sale" signs — symbols of the manufacturing sector’s eight-year decline in Columbia and Boone County — mark the barren, industrial landscape.