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Hotel proposed for old St. Mary's Hospital location

Hotel proposed for old St. Mary's Hospital location

April 12th, 2019 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

Construction of a new hotel will likely begin this summer at the site of the former St. Mary's Hospital. The plat, which will be called Highland Village, will eventually feature other developments as well.

Photo by Sally Ince /News Tribune.

F&F Development hopes to begin constructing a hotel at the old St. Mary's Hospital site this summer.

The Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a preliminary and final subdivision plat for the 600 block of Bolivar Street, proposed by property owner Farmer Holding Company subsidiary F&F Development.

Positioned at the intersection of Missouri Boulevard and U.S. 50, the plat would encompass 7.47 acres and consist of seven commercial lots, Jefferson City Planner 1 Ian Zollinger said.

Two lots would have existing buildings on them while four lots would be used for new developments, Zollinger said.

One of those lots would house the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, said project consultant Paul Sampson, with Central Missouri Professional Services. Three other lots would be for future developments, but Sampson did not specify what those developments would be.

An old office building and parking deck currently resides in one of the lots and would remain, Sampson said. F&F Development plans to do interior renovations to it, he added.

Another lot contains the current parking garage, Sampson said.

One lot would be used for a driveway to access the rest of the development, he said.

Two of the lots require variances, Zollinger said. The Jefferson City Board of Adjustment is tentatively scheduled to hear requests for both variances in May.

The plat would be named Highland Village, Sampson said. F&F Development originally proposed naming it Jefferson Landing, but city staff said residents may connect the proposed plat to the Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, creating some confusion.

The Jefferson City Council will vote on the proposed subdivision plat May 20.

The subdivision is part of F&F Development's efforts to redevelop the Old St. Mary's Hospital site.

In August 2017, the City Council approved F&F Development's plans to redevelop the property using tax increment financing. The company plans to build either a $44.6 million project involving Lincoln University or a $30.9 million project with only commercial space.

The new Starbucks across the street from the former St. Mary's Hospital site opened in February and is also part of the redevelopment plans.

The Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission approved FHC's request last year to demolish the 1905 portion of the old St. Mary's Hospital. F&F Development planned to remove, clean and reuse the stone for a new building.