CoMo’s Dynamic Downtown
New buildings continue to sprout in Columbia.
Mizzou graduates of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s tour today’s campus agog, marveling at the sculpted and modernized landscape and architecture. The past three years have inspired a similar phenomenon downtown as a surge in construction has changed the Columbia skyline.
Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage
About the same height as Tiger Hotel, one of the city’s tallest buildings, the parking structure was completed in 2011. It features 275,000 total square feet, retail space, a stained-glass public art piece titled “Sky Algorithm” and a $14 million price tag.
Renovating the city government offices in the old Daniel Boone Hotel, which was built in 1917, and connecting it to an addition with a scooped, dramatic “City of Columbia” façade at Eighth and Broadway added about 67,000 square feet. The upgrade cost $22 million, and the new facility opened in 2010.
Record-breaking enrollments have impacted not only Mizzou but also downtown Columbia’s student-housing market. Brookside Townhomes has capitalized with new complexes on 10th Street between Hitt and Locust, and at College and Walnut.
North Village Arts District
The intersection of Walnut and Orr has gone from humdrum to high-energy during the past three years. The Berry Building, a grocery warehouse in the 1920s, was renovated for gallery, studio and showroom space, a Wilson’s Fitness Center and apartments. Orr Street Warehouse is now retail space, and across the street, what was once Lou’s Palace is home to the Columbia Academy of Music and The Bridge, where musicians teach and perform.
The Lofts at 308 S. Ninth St.
Just across Ninth Street from the School of Journalism stands the latest in high-end, luxury apartments for students and young professionals. The Lofts, a five-story, 99,000-square-foot complex with 64 units for 120 tenants will feature glass elevator and staircase towers. Opening in August, it offers hardwood floors, granite countertops and a rooftop glimpse of the Columns.