by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

After years of planning, fund-raising and hard work, the Covenant Community Development Corp. has put forward a plan to redevelop a plot of land at the intersection of Sexton Road and Garth Avenue, right in the heart of one of the most economically depressed areas of the city. To assist the redevelopment, the Covenant Corp. went before the Columbia City Council to seek a change in zoning and a number of zoning accommodations, including variances in the number of parking spaces required and in the yard and parking lot setbacks.