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 September 2013

Master plan approved by Columbia city council

Master plan approved by Columbia city council The plan allows main campus to make way for future construction.

Columbia College’s master plan was approved by Columbia’s city council at a meeting on Aug. 19.

Bob Hutton, executive director of Administrative Services, was on hand until 11:30 p.m., when the approval was announced. The new plan updates the 2007 campus master plan.

KMIZ 17 (ABC) reporter Evan Millard tweeted from the meeting, “Lots of love on council for @ColumbiaColg - council approved its new master plan tonight. Calling it "a good neighbor" in central city #CoMo.”

A representative from Simon Oswald Architecture presented the master plan update at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting earlier in the month. The commission recommended the council approve the plan, stating, “They’ve always done an incredible job over there.”

Some of the future development identified in the plan is as follows:

• Construction of a new campus maintenance building
• Construction of additional student housing and parking
• Construction of a new softball stadium and parking facilities
• Reconstructing the soccer stadium
• Demolition and rebuilding of Miller and Banks residence halls
• Demolition of Buchanan Hall
• Several building additions, remodeling and reuse
• Enhancement of Cougar Drive

Some of these are dependent on acquiring land around the college in the future. You can read the master plan and the Planning and Zoning Commission minutes here.