New developments in downtown Columbia: expanded hotel, apartments and more | Mid-Missouri News

Construction continues on downtown Columbia projects, including a hotel and one-bedroom apartments.

A new six-story apartment building is being built at 1000 East Broadway. It’s scheduled to be completed this summer, according to Jack Cardetti, a spokesperson for the development. It’s on the site of an old U.S. Bank branch. 

The first floor will have 5,000 square feet of retail and office space. There will be around 61 one-bedroom apartments, Cardetti said. The property owner is 1000 East Broadway, LLC, according to the project’s permit. 

“We think these one-bedroom options will appeal to young professionals and add significantly to downtown Columbia’s live, work, and play atmosphere,” Cardetti said. 

Work also continues on the Broadway Hotel expansion. The hotel is adding a new hotel with 80 rooms and more than 7,800 square feet of meeting space, according to its permit. 

The project, located at 1104 East Walnut St., is valued at more than $14 million. A banner on the side of the building said the project will be completed at the end of 2024, though a hotel employee told KOMU 8 it will likely be closer to early 2025.

Another downtown hotel project is no longer active, according to Cardetti. Cherry Street Hotel, LLC planned to build a hotel with roughly 140 guest rooms at the northwest corner of Hitt and Cherry streets, but the project faced hurdles. Developers asked the Columbia City Council for adjustments to continue work on the project in July 2021, according to previous Columbia Missourian reporting. 

Cardetti is also a spokesman for Intrinsic Development, a Columbia-based development company. Intrinsic Development President Jonathan Odle signed a development agreement with the city for the Cherry Street Hotel project. Odle is listed as the owner of Cherry Street Hotel, LLC on the agreement. 

Developers asked the city to lease 99 parking spaces in the Tenth and Cherry Municipal Parking Garage because of limited space. The developers entered into an agreement with the city which requires the developers to make improvements to the site.

Improvements included building an additional lane along Hitt Street for temporary stopping of vehicles and a sidewalk no less than nine feet wide. The developers were also required to make street improvements to the alley to the north of the property.

The agreement was signed on June 24, 2021. The developers had three years — or until June 24, 2024 — to make the improvements, according to the agreement. 

Meanwhile, new businesses, and some familiar ones, are opening across the city, while others are closing or moving.

Slackers

Slackers announced in a Facebook post Tuesday that it is closing its doors after more than 30 years.

The record store, which also sells video games, CDs, toys and comic books opened on East Broadway in 1993. On Tuesday, a sign on the door said the space was available for lease.

The Facebook post encouraged customers to continue to visit Slackers locations in Jefferson City and St. Louis.

The District also encouraged customers in a Facebook post Tuesday to “say good bye to this long standing small business in The District!”

Tellers Gallery and Bar

A sign posted on the door of Tellers Gallery and Bar said the popular local restaurant is reopening this fall.

Tellers has been closed since a September 2023 fire caused damage to the building at its 820 E. Broadway location. The fire began upstairs in the offices of the True/False Film Fest.

In a January Facebook post receiving over 200 comments, Tellers said it was “moving forwards toward reopening.” Commenters shared their excitement and anticipation.

Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A at 305 N. Stadium Blvd. announced on Facebook May 20 that it will temporarily close starting Saturday for renovations. On Friday, it will serve customers via drive-thru only while supplies last.

Chick-fil-A advised customers to follow its social media to stay updated on the reopening.

Five Below

A sign on a building near Old Navy in the Shoppes at Stadium announced that discount chain Five Below will open a Columbia location this fall. The vacant building had housed a David’s Bridal location, which closed last summer.

The location is hiring, according to another sign in front of the 203 N. Stadium Blvd. location. Five Below customer service confirmed that the location is scheduled to open this fall.

Dada Döner

A food truck that has been serving Turkish cuisine since 2023 opened its brick and mortar location May 20 on East Broadway, underneath Gumby’s Pizza.

Dada Döner serves traditional Turkish food like a chicken döner wrap and Iskender kebab.

According to its Facebook page, its 1201 E. Broadway location is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The location was previously home to restaurant The Quarry.

City Cuisine

City of Refuge, an organization that provides services to mid-Missouri refugees, will open its own food truck late this summer, according to an Instagram post.

Executive Director Debbie Beal said in a newsletter that the hope for City Cuisine is to employ refugees who use City of Refuge, as well as engage with the Columbia community.

The venture was funded by a workforce empowerment grant, according to the newsletter.

The menu is planned to explore a variety of international cuisines.

Sophia’s

Local Italian restaurant Sophia’s will relocate sometime in August or September, Sophia’s owner Matt Jenne said.

The restaurant is moving nearby to 3910 Peachtree Drive, the old location of 44 Stone Public House.

Jenne said the owner of the current building did not renew the lease, so the restaurant is moving to continue operations. Jenne said the current location will stay open until construction is done on the new building, so operations will be continuous.

Hokkaido Ramen

According to the ramen chain’s website, Hokkaido Ramen will be opening soon at 1000 E. Broadway, at the Tenth Street intersection. The location used to be home to MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza.

Trail Stop Brewery

Founder William Kinney announced on Facebook on May 9 that he is opening new brewery and restaurant Trail Stop Brewery.

Construction has started at its location “south of Hinkson Creek and just a quick walk over the bridge from the MKT Trail and the Jay Dix Station trailhead,” according to its website.

The new business’ website said the grand opening is in six months.

Trail Stop Brewery will serve craft beer and wood-fired pizza from Marceline Pizza Co. Kinney is opening the brewery with Robert Zitsch, and the website said they plan to build an outdoor patio and pickleball courts.

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