msp redevelopment

• A $13 million parking garage proposed for downtown Jefferson City and recommended by city staff failed to gather support from the city council last month, and a bill to purchase the necessary property died for lack of action.  The bill called for an appropriation of $938,000 to purchase parcels at 124 W. McCarty Street from Central Bank for $350,000 and 101 W. Wally Way from Jefferson Street LLC for $582,668. The Central Bank property is currently a parking lot. The property on Wally Way is a warehouse. A new four-story parking garage would result in about 310 new spaces.

• Jefferson City and Cole County are planning a $4.5 million project to lay the roadway infrastructure network for redevelopment of the Missouri State Penitentiary. The city council approved a letter of agreement with the county last month. Both the city and the county will contribute about $1.5 million. The other $1.5 million will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The project includes the construction of roadways within the MSP development, the extension of Chestnut St., and a new roadway serving the proposed hotel development. Also included will be preparation of commercial ad sites, stormwater controls, pedestrian accommodations, lighting and landscaping. Planning for the project is expected to be completed in 2021 and construction beginning in 2022.

• The city and county will also team up to make about $650,000 in improvements to Grant Street leading into Ellis-Porter Riverside Park. The high profile of the new amphitheater in the park, and the audiences it is drawing, brought some urgency to make the improvements, which will improve pedestrian accessibility, visual appeal and functionality to the entrance to the park.

• The city council agreed to spend $50,000 to study feasibility of replacing JEFFTRAN’s facilities, which include central maintenance, bus barn, bus wash and administration buildings that were constructed in 1982. In order to apply for federal grant funds, the city needs an independent evaluation of the facilities, documentation of need for replacement, a site analysis and a conceptual design of potential new facilities.   Cook, Flat and Strobel Engineers, PA, of Jefferson City, was the only firm to provide a quote, and got the job.

• U.S. 50 in Cole County will be under construction for the remainder of the summer and fall. Crews have begun a resurfacing project in both directions of U.S. 50 from West Truman Boulevard in Jefferson City to Kaylor Bridge Road in St. Martins. Similar construction will be from Route M in Taos to Stoney Gap Road. The work will require frequent lane closures at night for pavement to be milled and new asphalt overlaid. After resurfacing, crews will begin work on U.S. 50 ramps, interchanges, shoulders and ramp shoulders. Also guardrails and rumble strips will be added. The work could require temporary ramp closures. The project is scheduled to be completed by November.

• The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that three bridges on U.S. 50/63 in Cole County will be rehabilitated next year. Scheduled for the work are both the eastbound and westbound bridges over the Osage River and the eastbound bridge over the Moreau River. Work will include the addition of expansion joints, protective coating, sandblasting, painting, new drains and rock blankets. The work is expected to begin and be completed in 2022.

• Jefferson City mayor and business owner Carrie Tergin will join 18 other elected officials on the Missouri Women’s Economic Development Task Force. The task force is an initiative of United Women’s Empowerment, a Kansas City organization aimed at advancing women’s economic and civic efforts. The task force will focus on gender pay equity, workforce policies, access to health care and other topics.

• Riley Buick, GMC and Cadillac in Jefferson City opened its new dealership last month after two years of rebuilding from the 2019 tornado. The dealership also celebrated its 85 years in business with a $17,000 donation to the Bicentennial Bridge construction, currently underway near the Capitol. Work began in February on the $3.5 million bridge, which will connect the Capitol grounds to a new city park on Adrian’s Island along the Missouri River.

• Lincoln University graduated its first class of nine officers from its new Law Enforcement Training Academy last month. The Lincoln University academy is the first in the nation at a historically Black college. Plans are for maximum capacity of 24 students this fall.

 • Lincoln University named Kevin Wilson to a new position of vice president of advancement, athletics and campus recreation. last month.  Wilson comes to Lincoln from Florida A&M University, where he was responsible for athletics development, licensing, marketing, strategic communications and corporate partnership initiatives.

 • Work is underway on the U.S. 54/63 bridges over the Missouri River, causing lanes to be closed at night while work crews do deck repairs and overlay work. The Main Street and McCarty Street ramps leading to eastbound U.S. 54 will also be affected.

 (Mike Murphy is President of BUZ Communications, which publishes Jefferson City BUZ. Feedback welcome, please send to m.murphy@buzcomm.com)