Capital Improvement Project: Flat Branch Park Extension – Founders Park

Funding Fiscal Year: TBD
Project Number: 00686
Project Budget: TBD


Project Description: 
City Council approved the purchase of the property at 32 S. Providence Road for future improvements which may include the expansion of Flat Branch Park, public transportation improvements and streetscape improvements.

Flat Branch Expansion – Founder’s  ​Park​: Phase I–Site Restoration

The project has a working name of Founder’s Park as the City of Columbia originated in this area and expanded out to the current boundaries. The final name of the Flat Branch Park addition will be discussed with citizens, community leaders and local businesses and ultimately approved by the City Council.

The  first phase of the project will include the removal of the existing building, cleanup of the Flat Branch Creek and  the development of a park master plan. This involves work conducted by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Public Works Department . Public Works staff will coordinate the demolition of the building and related hardscape on the property, and park planners, working with the Downtown Community Improvement District (CID), will coordinate master plan efforts for the site. At the completion of Phase I, Founder’s Park will become a green space adjacent to a restored Flat Branch Creek and ready for future park development including The Gateways Project as proposed by the Downtown CID. 

Project  ​t​imeline based on minimal delays due to adverse weather conditions​ and available funding:

  • ​November 2016 to March 2017 –  Analysis of site and building including potential hazardous materials and structural issues adjacent to Flat Branch Creek and city streets.
  • March 2017 to April 2017 – Hazardous materials cleanup and removal.
  • May 2017 – Historic Preservation Commission review and removal of items of value.
  • June 2017 to August 2018 – Demolition and cleanup of the existing building on the property.
  • September 2018 to completion – Park and creek restoration.

During the duration of the site restoration phase of the project, park planning staff will conduct a series of public input meetings to discuss the master plan of the Flat Branch Park addition. Public Works will also be working with Missouri Department of Transportation representatives on the future right turn lane connecting Providence Road to Broadway (along the property’s west boundary of Providence Road).

Flat Branch Expansion – Founder’s ​Park​: Phase  I​I– Park Development

The second phase of the expansion of Flat Branch Park involves construction of park amenities including but not limited to a pedestrian bridge, fountain, walkways and utilities. This phase is unfunded at this time and staff anticipates that funding may be available through private donations, future ballot issues or other resources.  Staff anticipates that this phase may include the construction of the Columbia West Gateway Plaza as part of the CID’s Gateways project.

Council Items:

Media Inquiries: Tammy Miller, Marketing Specialist, 573-874-7465, tammy.miller@como.gov

Project Input: Mike Snyder, Park Planning Superintendent, 573-874-7204, mike.snyder@como.gov

Preliminary Conceptual Plans

Project Notes: The real estate at 32 S. Providence Rd. was purchased from Roth Properties, LLP for $1,100,000, which was funded by the interest earnings on the capital improvements project fund.

Project Status: Hazardous material inspections for the property at 32 S. Providence have been completed. An agreement with Allstate Consultants for structual engineering services related to the demolition of the old McAdams building (32 S. Providence) has been executed.

Hazardous Materials Reports: RCRA 8 Report and Asbestos Report

Capital Improvement Program

Flat Branch Park