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On Varsity House then and now


skinny 1 year, 5 months ago

How about we stop all contruction until it is done right!


zackattackku 1 year, 5 months ago

Anyone notice that Paul Werner's website has been under construction for years now? I wonder how legit his work actually is. It looks like cookie cutter suburban development crap.


abcd123 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey LJ-World--why don't you write a story about the status of this project, instead of just posting photo galleries? Remind us what the agreement was between Fritzel and the city, investigate what Fritzel's people are actually doing, ask the KS SHPO to comment on the project, and shed some light on what (if any) recourse the city has for this obvious breach of the agreement. Homeowners who violate code can be given stop work notices; why can't Fritzel? The outcome of this project represents a tipping point for the viability of historic preservation in our community.


flyin_squirrel 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this what the plans actually showed for the location of the varsity house? I cannot imagine our commission/HRC approved an apartment with a cutout for the varsity house.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

This apt building is a future KU dept of housing. No private apt builder could build it and ever make money unless sold as condos. Build, sell, get out. The sale of the lots was all backdoor deals. The lots to the north were listed for sale in The Kansas Register. Guess what, one offer. SOLD. Jayhawk Towers was built private by Phillips Oil guys. Then bought by KUEA. turned over to the state/ku.

HRC. Aka. Lyn Zollner is in the real estate business recommending sites to investors as to screw up legit development.

As a boarding house the structure isn't very big. sitting on a slab.

Where will the sofa and bar bq fit in front?

BTW the city was not mislead, the commish were right in there the whole time.

Now are you going to allow the commish to start making deals on downtown parking lots aka taxpayer owned property!


lawrencereporter 1 year, 6 months ago

I see a pattern of a repeat offender. Fritzel-Fritzel-Fritzel. If the city can't (won't) control Fritzel, maybe the state should revoke Paul Werner's architects license. He has been the frontman for Fritzel on this project and others knowing all along that his employers intentions were to deceive and mislead the city and HRC. If a questionable builder can't be held responsible for their ways maybe their licensed consultant should be.

The Varsity House project is a big FU from Fritzel and Werner to the city and HRC.


joes_donuts 1 year, 6 months ago

Another JOKE the HRC has played on Lawrence. Use the States Historic Board, because obviously by the looks of this development that was approved by our HRC and City Commission, Lawrence's HRC isn't doing anything that makes sense. The HRC blocks hotels downtown but approves this....

If we want to cut fat out of our city budget, the HRC is where I would start.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

I would hate to pay rent in an apt and have my windows blocked. Is the front porch big enough for a sofa and grill? And where will the boarding house tenants play beer pong?


frankfussman 1 year, 6 months ago

...and it's dwarfed by the monstrous apartment complex!!!


Mike Myers 1 year, 6 months ago

Anyone can see that's not the same house. What a joke.


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