Medical Office Breaks Ground in in Columbia, Mo.

Sep. 30--Construction is under way on a 15,000-square-foot one-level medical office building on the northwest corner of Smiley Lane and Oakland Gravel Road for a University Physicians Family Medicine Clinic slated to open in about a year.

The property is near Lange Middle School and the Springdale Estates subdivision. Bruce and Elizabeth Odle purchased the land in April from Drew Properties LLC, according to county records.

The sprouting medical complex is a project of the Odle family's Trittenbach Development LLC.

Officials at the University of Missouri-Columbia approached the Odles and pitched a deal to lease the entire building to house the clinic, Nathan Odle said. The deal is a classic win-win, he said.

"It's going to be really good for that area because it is going to be family medicine," Odle said. "It's a good use for that corner."

The Odles develop commercial and residential property and have forged a niche in medical office buildings near Columbia Regional Hospital. Construction is under way on their four-level, 60,000-square-foot 303 N. Keene St. medical building, part of their Columbia Medical Plaza.

The sprouting complex, expected to open at the end of this year, will feature covered parking, high-speed elevators, a private workout facility and outdoor patios.


Lakeview Mall, a 27,000-square-foot retail center north of Interstate 70 just off the Lake of the Woods exit, recently bagged a store expansion and a new tenant.

La Acapulquena Supermarket, which opened this month in a 1,700-square-foot leasehold, will expand 3,300 square feet to stock more goods and launch a taqueria, a small eatery for shoppers to take a break and have a snack, co-owner Brandie Garay said.

The Garay family enterprise sells fresh fruits and vegetables and canned goods. Fresh meat is coming soon. Plans for the additional space include a Mexican bread shop and a sports store specializing in soccer clothing and gear.

The expanded area is expected to open early next year.

And Chris Daly of Cape Girardeau plans to open a gardening store called Let it Grow in a 1,700-square-foot leasehold. The store will sell indoor and outdoor gardening products and supplies.

Lakeview Mall is owned by local businessman and real estate developer George Godas. Leasing agent John John of Re/Max Boone Realty said about 12,000 square feet remains available for lease.


Here's more on what's happening along the burgeoning Range Line Street, aka Highway 763, corridor.

A Commerce Bank branch at the southeast corner of Range Line and Brown School Road is under construction and slated to open by the end of the year, said Teresa Maledy, the bank's president and market manager for the Central Missouri Region.

Across the street is a planned phase of the commercial and residential Auburn Hills development, owned by a group that includes local developer Rob Wolverton.

Last year, a local company linked with the Grindstone Parkway Wal-Mart Supercenter bought an option to buy land in the development, fueling speculation that the land would someday sprout a Supercenter. Mum is still the word on that deal.

On Brown School Road just east of Range Line, a UMB Bank branch and a 20,000-square-foot retail center is planned, or so says a sign posted on the property.

Brian Neuner, president of UMB's three Columbia branches, said it might be time to take that sign down. He said the bank has taken a "wait-and-see" attitude about the location and could end up selling its 1-acre parcel.

"We're waiting to see what's going to happen up there," Neuner said. "There are so many factors that we can't control," he said.

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