In early 2013, the 1837 Niedermeyer Apartment building at 920 Cherry St. appeared to be in danger of demolition, but now seems to be saved from that fate. A Columbia man, Nakhle Asmar, has reached an agreement with Collegiate Housing Partners to buy and renovate the 30-apartment, 1837 building.
Until the fall of 2012, the sprawling building slumbered in obscurity in downtown Columbia for the most part until a firm announced it planned to buy the building, demolish and build a high-rise student apartment building. Petitions grew, the media reported on the various pros and cons, and finally, Asmar, a University of Missouri math professor, proposed buying.
See these links to media coverage of the danger to and the saving of the building:
March 13, 2013 – Buyer plans to start with basic fixes – Nakhle Asmar, who recently purchased the 1837 Niedermeyer, outlines his plans to update and repair the Niedermeyer. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Feb. 10, 2013 — If walls could talk — The history of the Niedermeyer Apartment building. Columbia Daily Tribune.
Feb. 5, 2013 — Columbia’s 2013 Most Notable Properties — Properties named to Columbia Most Notable Properties list, including the Niedermeyer Apartments at 920 Cherry St. Columbia Missourian.