COLUMBIA, 1/17/11 (Beat Byte) -- A controversial and much-delayed transitional shelter for homeless youth comes with a whopping price tag, according to documents filed with the Columbia City Council.
The five unit facility, planned for construction by Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) at 1004 N. 7th Street, across from Hickman High School in Columbia's North Central Village, comes with a "total development cost" price tag of $604,070.
An itemized cost list that accompanies the non-profit organization's request for extension of a City Hall funding request includes $18,100 in demolition costs; $40,000 for lot acquisition; and $394,586 for construction costs.
At a 2007 meeting of the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association, local builder Amir Ziv complained about a then-estimated cost of $280,000. "To build six-units -- that's just ridiculous!" Ziv said.
At the time, CMCA director Darin Preis (above) had planned a six unit facility. He changed that plan after several neighbors complained prior to a rezoning request, reducing the proposed size to 5 units.
"We had anticipated that we would be well into construction by now, Preis writes in a December 15, 2010 letter to City of Columbia planning director Tim Teddy. "However, the funding package has taken longer than anticipated."
At $600,000, is it any wonder?