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.
Although the historic Niedermeyer house likely will remain standing, the ordeal sparked a city-wide conversation about historic preservation, zoning and development. North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association gathered Monday night to discuss changes they would like to see for the city’s zoning ordinances. Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes asked the group to prepare their thoughts about C-2, commercial zoning in the central business distr
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.