Columbia’s Daily Dish (April 21, 2009)

A smattering of links about Columbia’s growth and development.

Former Athena location to house new nightclub (Columbia Missourian) — The former home of the embattled Athena nightclub is under new ownership that says it will open a new club there, this time geared to a more affluent crowd. The new club, which will be called Memoir, will cater to professionals, said Brian Colebrook, one of the business’s owners.
City Council approves plans for downtown parking garage (Columbia Missourian) — On Monday night, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to build a new parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets. The structure would provide 660 parking spaces, including 48 underground spaces reserved for police.
Panel rejects farmers market funding request (Columbia Daily Tribune) — The House Budget Committee on Monday turned back an attempt to fund the construction of a new building on the site of the Columbia Farmers’ Market.
Fundraiser to boost programs at Paquin (Columbia Daily Tribune) — The city’s Adapted Community Recreation program, housed in Paquin Tower, will host a picnic and fundraiser tomorrow. When the Columbia City Council adopted its 2009 budget, it allocated $72,000 to fully fund the program for six months and partially fund it for the next half-year. During budget discussions, elimination of the program was proposed.

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