Jul
25

Planned Vista Hotel has Opposition

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Columbia City Council gave initial approval July 17 to a new six-story hotel in the Vista over the protests of other downtown hotels and some neighbors.

At 67 feet, the proposed Hyatt Place would be higher than surrounding buildings, which are about 50 feet tall. The only taller building in the historic Vista would be the Adluh flour mill.

However, there are no height restrictions in the area; development must simply be reviewed to make sure it will fit the area’s character. That bothered some neighbors who showed up to speak against the project. “I think it’s going to mess up the sightlines a bit,” said Steve Hinson, who lives in the Vista. “We just feel like it kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.”

The surrounding site was developed by the Miller-Valentine Group, which cleaned up the former gas plant site with help from a federal brownfields grant. In 2010 the group turned the historic Columbia Supply building next door into its headquarters and the Jason’s Deli space.

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