j evan arnold

Business
9:26 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia city council OKs Walnut Street rezoning

The Columbia City Council has agreed to rezone two lots on Walnut Street to make way for a new apartment building.  The decision came in a vote at Monday's city council meeting, where councilmembers voted 6-1 to rezone two lots on Walnut Street near College Avenue from residential to commercial, despite protests from neighbors. 

After an earlier rezoning request was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Jon and Nathan Odle, owners of the property, added two amendments to the request, including contributions to a new city bus system known as FastCAT Express. 

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Politics
9:15 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Columbia residents rally against EEZ plans

Columbia residents rallied before the Columbia city council meeting, Monday, June 18th. The rally was organized by Keep Columbia Free, a group opposed to enhanced enterprise zones in Columbia.
J. Evan Arnold KBIA

In what continues to be one of the most divisive issues in Columbia, a proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone was the topic of more public discussion and a rally at last night’s Columbia City Council meeting. 

Columbia residents rallied last night to express frustrations over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone and what they believe to be a nonresponsive municipal government.

Columbia residents have publicly voiced their opposition to the measure that is designed to bring jobs to Columbia through a series of tax credits for businesses that set up within the zone’s boundaries.

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