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On Varsity House then and now


Mike Myers 5 years, 3 months ago

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

CHEEZIT 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually if you go back and forth it looks very similar even the concrete bunker or what ever that is on the south side! Maybe not as big!

Frank A Janzen 5 years, 3 months ago

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

joes_donuts 5 years, 3 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.

lawrencereporter 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 3 months ago

HRC and the City approved this plan. The ugly house cut into the apartment complex building is exactly what was on the plans, and our City/HRC APPROVED IT! How in anyone's right mind did anyone look at that design and say "That looks good, lets do it!"

Don't blame Werner for something the city approved. Now Fritzels way of moving the house (dismantling it in construction dumpsters) should be questioned, but that isn't the architects job.

lawrencereporter 5 years, 3 months ago

I believe it will take city leadership with substance and honestly to deal with Fritzel, which we currently don't have. You are right, the city approved it, so to punish Fritzel would be exposing their own mistakes. If they can't control the big boss then start at the bottom. Work it like a drug cartel bust. Start with the users and small time dealers like Werner and work your way up and bust the slimy little leader, Fritzel.

flyin_squirrel 5 years, 3 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.

Melissa Isaacs 5 years, 3 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.

zackattackku 5 years, 2 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.

skinny 5 years, 2 months ago

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

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