Columbia student apartments get go-ahead

A 718-bed apartment complex will stand at the northeast corner of Providence Road and Turner Avenue in Columbia.

The Columbia City Council has approved a company's proposal to build a downtown student apartment complex.

The Columbia Daily Tribune story reports the council voted Monday to approve a development agreement with student housing developer American Campus Communities.

The company will build a 718-bed apartment complex north of the University of Missouri campus at Providence Road and Turner Avenue. It aims to have lodging ready for tenants by August 2017.

Some council members who voted against the proposal say a road near the campus would likely see increased traffic because of the new housing.

The company will provide $300,000 to improve a sewer line underneath a road that it wants to build as part of the development agreement.