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Petition to recall councilwoman enters next phase

Dec 10, 2014
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A petition that could potentially remove Ginny Chadwick, Columbia's First Ward councilwoman, is now being reviewed by the city clerk.

Opus Group

  At a hearing this morning at the Boone County Courthouse, plaintiffs working to stop the Opus student housing development filed a motion to change the judge in their case against the city.

Last Friday, Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane granted and that same day lifted a new restraining order blocking the city and the Minneapolis-based Opus group from moving forward with construction.

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Seventeen million gallons of waste flow through Columbia's sewers every day. Beneath the streets, large metal pipes snake and twist their way across the city. 

Ultimately, they wind their way to Columbia's wastewater treatment plant in the southwest part of the city. Altogether, Columbia has about 695 miles of sewer pipes servicing the city. That's longer than a round trip to Chicago. 

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A lawsuit seeking to delay the Opus Group’s downtown student development project has been moved to federal court.

The United States Courts, Western District of Missouri will hear the case following a notice of removal filed last Thursday by attorney Christopher Rackers, representing the city of Columbia.

The lawsuit filed August 12 against the city of Columbia and City Manager Mike Matthes alleges a violation of the plaintiffs’ civil rights to free speech and to petition the government.

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The City of Columbia has approved the building plans for the controversial Opus Group development downtown.

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First Ward Columbia City Council Member Ginny Chadwick announced Friday her opposition to a new referendum petition stated to be in favor of repealing improper downtown development.

The Columbia Missourian reports this morning that city council members voted 5-1 last night on a new plan with The Opus Group.

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The Opus Group

A compromise may be in sight between a high-density student housing complex and a group of petitioners who are against the development. 

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The Columbia City Clerk announced the petition by Repeal 6214 fell short of the required number of signatures.

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The Opus Group announced plans to drop the threat of legal action surrounding its controversial downtown Columbia student housing project. The real estate group had been granted permission to begin construction on a new high rise apartment complex, but concerns from some Columbia residents cast the future of the building into doubt.