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Main Street Districts Established

Following a public process, the City of Columbia has established two new incentive districts within Historic Main Street Columbia--the City's second tax increment financing (TIF) district and the City's first business district (BD). These districts will allow the developer for the proposed Main Street Abbey project to offset some of the risk for undertaking this concept, which is currently unique in the St. Louis region. Final agreement between the developer and the City as to the exact amounts to be allocated are being negotiated with final review coming to the City Council next month. Incentives allocated, if any, would have to be generated from the redevelopment project itself.

Main Street Block May Be Redeveloped
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Main Street Redevelopers LLC, a local enterprise, is seeking City assistance as part of a plan to redevelop the entire block housing the Immaculate Conception School, former church and convent, and other buildings to create a $4.5 million destination patterned after McMenamin Brother’s 
Kennedy School complex in Portland, OR. The proposed project, called Main Street Abbey, would provide adaptive reuse over a 3-5 year period of the existing historic buildings for purposes as diverse as an event center, boutique hotel, garden restaurant, movie theatre, and craft brewery. The City has engaged PGAV Planners of St. Louis to undertake a study, funded by the developer, to determine the feasibility of authorizing incentives. Incentives allocated, if any, would have to be generated from the redevelopment project itself.
New Professional Center Rises at City Entrance
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A new professional center, the “11 South” medical office building, has been built at 247 Sand Bank Rd. in Columbia, near the north entrance to the city. The $12 million, five-story glass and steel building, pictured here, offers sweeping views of downtown St. Louis, Clayton, the Jefferson Barracks Bridge and surrounding areas of the American Bottom. “11 South” is the home of physicians and medical professionals, ATI Physical Therapy, Quantum Vision Centers, Community Health Systems, an urgent care facility, an investment firm and other professionals, as well as the headquarters for Admiral Parkway Development. The building is the first of four anticipated for the site by developer Joe Koppeis, principal in Admiral Parkway.
For more information regarding the project, please contact Admiral Parkway Development at (618) 281-3400 or developer Joe Koppeis via email.
Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail Effort Launches New Website
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An informal coalition

of interests from Randolph, Monroe and St. Clair counties recently launched a new website to help promote the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail, considered the first road in Illinois. Members of the Columbia Heritage & Preservation Commission (CHPC) conducted original research on the KC Trail to document the history of the trail and its vital role in the early history of American settlement in Illinois, leading to formation of a three-county coalition to carry the effort forward. Over the past two years, results of coalition efforts have included recognition by Landmarks Illinois as part of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards and designation by the State of Illinois as a Scenic & Historic Route. The KC Trail  is located near the St. Louis metropolitan area in Randolph, Monroe and St. Clair counties in southwestern Illinois. The 60 mile long (one way), north/south corridor connects modern  travelers to the region's French colonial roots, American  Revolutionary War founding, birthplace of Illinois' statehood and first state capitol, US westward expansion era growth, midwestern ethnic immigration cultural influences (French, Indian, Scotch/ Irish, English, Irish, German, etc.),  agricultural prominence and diverse landscapes.