Columbia Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) president Stacey Button says the massive new Swift Foods plant on Route B will open in early 2023. She says they’re currently hiring employees, and that the plant will produce 40-million pounds of food product each year, when it opens. The plant is bringing about 250 new jobs to Columbia. Ms. Button joined 939 the Eagle’s Fred Parry in-studio for the hour Saturday morning on the “CEO Round Table.” She also updated listeners on the $100-million planned expansion at Columbia’s EquipmentShare, and on efforts to add leisure destinations at Columbia Regional Airport:
Despite concerns from nearby property owners, Columbia’s city council has approved the purchase of VFW property just north of the Business Loop to provide a location for a homeless shelter and services for the homeless. The VFW property is located just behind Columbia’s municipal power plant.
The city will be purchasing VFW Post 280’s building and parking lots on Ashley street for $865,000. They’ll spend another approximately $490,000 to upgrade the building for needed improvements.
Under the plan, Room at the Inn (RATI) will provide services for the homeless in the 14,000 square foot building, which has a seating capacity of 300. There’s also a game room and a commercial kitchen.
A non-profit known as the Voluntary Action Center (VAC) wants to build a 100-bed homeless shelter near the VFW building and the city’s power plant. Comobuz.com publisher Mike Murphy told 939 the Eagle’s Fred Parry in September that the proposed 25,000 square feet facility would include laundry facilities, showers and medical and dental clinics.
The Business Loop Community Improvement District has concerns about the proposed homeless shelter. They want to know what the plan is for people who aren’t admitted into the facility due to violence, drugs or alcohol possession.
The Business Loop CID notes there’s a lack of sidewalks in that area, describing it as “highly inaccessible.”
The VFW Post 280 has posted a new message on Facebook, saying they’re said to say goodbye to their home.
“But as membership declines (age), eligibility (not as many who meet requirements), we really need a newer smaller facility. Thus, we will in time have a new home suitable for our needs. The city of Columbia presented us with a unique opportunity,” the post reads, in part.
The VFW post also says the sale will help the city find a shelter for the homeless and help the many homeless veterans in the area.
Columbia’s city council is set to vote Monday evening on a proposal to purchase VFW property near the Business Loop to provide a location for a homeless shelter and services for the homeless.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 280 is willing to sell their building, parking lots and picnic shelter on Ashley street for $865,000. Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars would pay for the purchase and building improvements. President Joe Biden (D) signed ARPA into law in 2021.
The building has about 14,000 square feet. Comobuz.com has reported that a non-profit group hopes to break ground next year on a 100-bed homeless shelter near the city’s power plant on the Business Loop. Publisher Mike Murphy has reported that the project’s construction cost has increased from $11-million to $18-million. Murphy says they project supporters have lined up $6-million in funding from the state.
Murphy told 939 the Eagle’s Fred Parry in September that the proposed 25,000 square foot facility would include laundry facilities, showers, and medical and dental clinics.
TopTracer Range will be building its second Missouri location just west of Columbia, at Midway Golf and Games.
A groundbreaking event for the multi-million dollar facility is set for 4:30 this (Wednesday) afternoon at Midway Golf and Games, which is visible from I-70.
TopTracer is owned by Top Golf, and they’re planning to build a 16,000 square feet facility that will include 18 to 20 elevated bays. Each bay can accommodate four to six golfers at a time.
A restaurant and a bar and grill are also planned.
TopTracer says the new facility will give people of all skill levels the chance to enjoy golf. The facility’s technology is aimed at giving you the opportunity to play hundreds of golf courses around the world, without leaving Boone County. It will be similar to the popular Top Golf in Chesterfield.
939 the Eagle’s Fred Parry reports the local owners include Tim and Toby Rost, the owners of Rost Landscaping and Superior Garden Center.