Columbia moves forward with sports park project without county

6 months 6 days 10 hours ago Monday, March 19 2018 Mar 19, 2018 Monday, March 19, 2018 4:48:00 PM CDT March 19, 2018 in News
By: Charles Nichelson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - After years of deliberation, Columbia's city council voted to move forward with construction of the Mid-Missouri Sports Park project at Perry Phillips Park. 

The project was originally planned for Phillips Park, but for the past 14 months the city had been in talks with Boone County officials about a competing plan to build a larger sports park on the old Boone County fairgrounds instead.

Those talks ended, but one county commissioner believes the city is making a mistake.

Boone County Commissioner Fred Parry wrote a letter to council members Friday, urging them to delay Monday's vote 90 days so they could further review all pertinent information.

However, one council member felt that would not be the best use of the city's time.

The county's proposal, which included a larger facility, also involved partnering with Mid-Missouri Sports Park, a nonprofit organization.

Ward 2 Council Member Mike Trapp said he felt like too much was being asked of the city.

"It would be working with an untried nonprofit, who doesn't have a track record," Trapp said. "What we felt would have been more equitable was the deal that was on the table, plus the county would agree to make improvements on Waco road, which there would be road improvements if we were going to use the fairgrounds site."

Parry said the county already fulfilled its part of the bargain in terms of improvements to Waco road.

"Right now, the county currently gives the city about $3 million, annually, in road fees," Parry said. "Several years ago the county did agree to help improve Waco Road, and we contributed our money, and the city asked us to divert those funds to Scott Boulevard."

Trapp said he read Parry's letter, but was not convinced it should delay the vote.

"I think we all understood the deal that was on the table, but I think we were all of one mind that the deal was not adequate to protect city interests," Trapp said.

Trapp said the county is attempting to force the city to do the county's job.

"The county is really the one that's under the pressure to redevelop the fairgrounds," Trapp said. "If I could have helped that process, then I would, but I could only do that if it was going to be a good deal for the city."

Parry said the city knows it's missing out on an economic investment opportunity.

"We know, just because the city's own consultants have told us, that a 13-court basketball facility will draw the types of regional tournaments that will be good for economic development in our city," Parry said. "The city will not be able to attract those types of tournaments with a four-court facility."

Parry added this opportunity may not come around again.

"It is a rare opportunity to have a county government willing to give 50 percent of a 135-acre parcel to a city; it is a rare opportunity to have a private investor step forward and say, 'I will invest $5 million in a sports facility for the city,'" Parry said. "It is unfortunate for the citizens of Columbia that we couldn't figure out a way to use this property for the community benefit after 19 years of sitting on it."

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