Columbia City Council to discuss mayor’s call for halt of new student housing permits

The influx of student apartment complexes in Columbia, particularly downtown, has prompted a discussion by the Columbia City Council about whether it should step in and call for a temporary halt on the projects.

A bill requested by new Mayor Brian Treece that would establish an “administrative delay” on issuing permits for new apartment buildings in and around downtown appears on the council’s Monday night agenda. Treece asked for the bill because he thinks the multitude of apartment buildings that have popped up downtown over the past several years displace retail and service uses, putting a strain on city infrastructure and creating a threat should declining enrollment at MU create vacancies in many of the apartments.

The bill also would put a temporary halt on the demolition of buildings that are more than 50 years old. The ordinance would apply to any property within a one-mile radius of the area bordered by Providence Road on the west, Hitt Street on the east, Elm Street on the north and Stadium Boulevard on the south.

In 2010, Trittenbach Development kicked off the student housing boom when it built the first of several Brookside apartment complexes. Several more followed, including the Brookside development at College Avenue and Walnut, the Lofts at 308 Ninth Street, the Lofts at Beals and Opus Development Co.’s District Flats. Others are in the works, including the six-story structure Trittenbach is helping build at Ninth and Elm streets, the 10-story Rise Apartments that Fields Holdings is building at Ninth and Locust streets and the 728-bed American Campus Communities tower at Providence Road and Turner Avenue.

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