A six-story building at Ninth and Elm streets will include retail space on the ground floor, office space on the second floor and 50 apartments on the floors above, the developers said Tuesday.
Developers reveal specifics of building at Ninth and Elm streets
By ALICIA STICE
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm Comments (14)
It has been one of the most discussed developments in Columbia, but until Tuesday morning, details had been scarce for a mixed-use building planned for the lot that housed the original Shakespeare’s Pizza.
The developers said the six-story building at the northwest corner of Ninth and Elm streets will have 50 apartment units with a total of 196 beds. Three separate retail spaces will occupy the ground floor of the building, including the one for Shakespeare’s Pizza.
Diehards will be happy to know the green exterior of Shakespeare’s will return.
A news release from the developers said construction will “begin in days” and likely will be complete by August 2016.
The apartments will be marketed toward college students and young professionals, according to the release.
The Odle and Rader families partnered to create McAlester Park LLC and develop the lot. The Odles are known for their development projects at Discovery Park and their Brookside apartments downtown. The Raders own Bengals Bar & Grill on Sixth Street.
Shakespeare’s has signed a 50-year lease for its share of the ground-floor space, McAlester Park LLC spokesman Jack Cardetti said. No other tenants had reached final agreements for retail space in the building, he said.
In April, they revealed their plans to tear down Shakespeare’s and replace it with a multi-use building, drawing mixed reactions. The next month, the restaurant started moving next door to its temporary location at 220 S. Eighth St., the former home of BBCII and Los Bandidos.