Commissions irked by plywood wall

An unpainted plywood wall put up on the north side of Shiloh Bar and Grill to prevent noise issues (as reported in the Tribune last year) is drawing the attention of two city advisory boards.

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A plywood wall blocks part of Shiloh Bar and Grill's patio facing broadway. CHRIS DUNN/Missourian

The Historic Preservation Commission approved a letter to the City Council at its meeting Tuesday to see if any action can be taken to remove the wall, which faces Broadway.

“(The letter) asks the city to take a look at the situation,” commission member and co-author of the letter Brent Gardner said. “Our interest is from the fact that the old Katy Station building there is a historic landmark and for over a year now, the front of it has been covered by this particle board wall that keeps people from seeing the historic structure.”

He said it gives a bad impression of the city, especially because it is located on one Columbia’s main roads.

“To have an eyesore like that in front of a historic building does not seem proper,” Gardner said.

The Downtown Leadership Council also discussed the issue at its meeting on August 25, but decided to wait for the HPC to submit its letter and then consider supporting that letter.

Despite the concerns of the boards, John Sudduth of the Protective Inspections Division said the wall is not in violation of any ordinance.

“It doesn’t have to be pretty,” he said. “It just has to be safe and follow the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code.”

The Shiloh Bar and Grill management will not comment on the issue.

A few questions currently being looked into before this becomes a story on ColumbiaMissourian.com are:

  • When will the City Council discuss the issue?
  • What do owners of neighboring properties and residents of Columbia think about the wall?
  • What are Shiloh Bar and Grill’s plans for the wall?

If you have answers to any of those questions or have other questions you’d like answered, please let me know in the comments.

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One Response

  1. Seems to me that the owners of Shiloh are under no obligation to allow people to see “the historic structure” if they so wish to keep people from viewing it.

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