New York development firm Park 7 Group is considering a 24-story, luxury housing complex in downtown Columbia. The building – which would surpass the city’s next tallest by nine stories – would include several hundred units targeted toward students and young professionals.
The property’s location at the corner of Elm and 6th streets is classified as C-2 zoning. Bengal’s Bar & Grill operates there right now.
Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes after a petition to demolish the oldest building in downtown Columbia to possibly make way for high-rise student housing.
City development services manager Pat Zenner says the petition to demolish the 175-year-old Niedermeyer building at 10th and Cherry downtown theoretically could be approved in a matter of weeks.
"Basically, the applicant has made a legitimate request to demolish a building,” he tells KBIA.