Columbia City Council rejects luxury student housing proposal

The Columbia City Council voted 6-1 against a luxury student housing project proposed by a New York-based developer. The development, pitched by the Park 7 Group, would have added around 850 beds in a complex on the east side of Columbia.

The project was initially proposed in February 2014 and rejected. The new plan included a 10-acre buffer between the development and a nearby neighborhood, which addressed some resident’s concerns.

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid voted against the proposal, saying it was too dense. He also cited the need for housing complexes closer to the University of Missouri campus, as research shows retention and graduation rates are higher when students are adjacent to campus.

The proliferation of high-end apartment complexes near MU’s campus in downtown Columbia also has drawn opposition from residents. It was cited as a key issue facing the city by the three city council members voted into office in Columbia’s April 7 election.

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