COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
The Loop CID executive director says she thinks there is potential for the land that is home to Mizzou North.
The University of Missouri board of trustees met Thursday and approved a $10 million plan to demolish the building, which sits on Business Loop 70.
“We knew it was coming. It’s sad that we’re losing a great building down the street,” said Loop CID Executive Director Carrie Gartner. “Looking to the future, this property is 30 acres and is on a major street, it’s adjacent to I-70 and there’s so much potential there.”
Mizzou North was once home to CoMo Cooks Shared Kitchen. The Loop and REDI have partnered to create a space for local food businesses.
“The CoMo Cooks communal kitchen was located in the former hospital kitchen. It was a great way to get this kitchen started really quickly and Mizzou has been a big help, but we’ve moved and we’re building a new kitchen just across the street so hopefully it’ll all be fine good for us,” Gartner said.
University leaders say the building would have required more than $55 million in work. Instead, the university chose to use campus funds to tear it down.
The project will include the removal of all hazardous materials prior to demolition.
“There are very strict federal guidelines for things like this and the University of Missouri faced that when they rebuilt some of their old buildings on campus, so we’re confident they’ll follow those. rules and you’ll be fine,” Gartner said.
The university said it hopes to recycle at least 50% of the non-hazardous materials extracted from the building.
The project is expected to be completed by January 2024. The university did not say what it plans for the property.
“I don’t know what MU have planned, but I think if we really look at it, we can really have a development there that adds to the street rather than detracts from it,” Gartner said.