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Isn't this usually called hush money? Only this time it's out in the open...
Timing is very convenient on the very night he stands to gain much from the Rock Chalk Park & Recreation Center project negotiations being approved by the city commission. Funny thing about money. Dennis Brown is encouraged by the money donation...What about the original integrity of the building? I guess it doesn't make any difference, they won't see the building anyway with all of those dollar signs in front of their eyes.
Replica looks good so far except for one thing. The third floor side floors are three feet short of the edge where they are supposed to be...Oops!!
Who really cares in town? 10 people at most who don't have a life?
A lot more than 10 people care about the tearing down of historic buildings to make way for a huge ugly set of apartment buildings. Not only are the apartments imposing and unattractive, the construction crews have taken over the entire road for more than a year now causing disruption to traffic flow, problems at intersections in that area, and annoyance of local residents. As someone who parks in the area everyday the construction is awful and I'm sure once students move in the traffic and the presence of red plastic cups will be worse too.
Why don't you park at the KU parking garage and quit intruding into the neighborhood.
Well he fixed the side walls. It doesn't look half bad now. Still only a shadow of its former self. But not a bad replica.
So you can knowingly break the law, knowingly disregard site plan regulations, try and get away with it, oops- get caught, then be threatened with a fine by your friends at city hall and then be allowed to choose your own penalty, offer a ridiculously low dollar amount and then be applauded for a job well done.
Fritzel must be hiding more violations that the city didn't find at that project. The sooner this is resolved the less problems for Thomas Fritzel. 50k added to a five million dollar project is chump change. He will get that back x 100's from the city on the recreation center project.
A bribe is a form of corruption which involves the promise of money or a favor to someone in a position of power, with the hope of influencing that person's behavior. Bribery is viewed as a crime in many regions of the world
Will he get basketball tickets with that donation?
Just doesn't fly, return it to the original condition and/or put the real estate back up for sale...many people would have purchased the house/real estate without the shackles that were obviously in play.
They did not purchase it, where were you at the auction?
But Dennis brown put the shackles on and HRC. Let's get the culprits. named. It was the city commisioners that has put the shackles on for allowing lyn Zollner and HRC to run roughshod on everyone
This goes to show that again Lawrence is not friendly to nusiness. Is every freakin house going to have to go through this insane process? Fritzel's donation should be put into a fund toBUYnhousesnthat owners have been screwed over by the city with regulations.
Dennis Brown and the other wanna be preservationists with others money have no scruples and should realize that again they have shown their stupidity. Why didn't Dennis Brwn buy the house at the auction? Why? He and the others don't want to buy something, theynwant it for free, cause they have no money.
Sorry, Mr Brown the LPA. Needs to get a life.
I agree. Give the donation to an organization that will do something worthwhile.
It's easy to get away with deceit when you can buy your way out.
Oh, goodie. Fritzel and the commission can kiss and make up-- now they can give him a $25 million no-bid contract, without asking the opinion of the the voters who will pay for it.
Fritzel lies. Repeatedly.
Building heights, cell towers, astroturf, varsity house...(feel free to add any other unscrupulous occurrences).. etc.
Must be real nice not having recourse to the rules us common folk abide to.
I wouldn't be surprised if the money gesture is a waynfornschummand Amyx to save face more than it being a legitnfine. After all. There were never any fines set up to collect. It's a big show and the LPA and Dennis Brown have fallen for it.
Too little, too late and it's not all his money - note he promises to "raise or guarantee pledges." Not the same as writing a check....
My thoughts exactly, not his money, just an offer to garner other people's money and call it his donation. Despicable.
For whatever, the best part is the city aka Corliss, schumm Amyx can't get their hands on it. Better to make a charitable contribution, Hehehe. The joke goes on and brown and LPA fall for it. How sweet revenge is!
They lie because city hall and commissioners are afraid of wealthy developers. Fritzel is not the only property management/owner to not follow site plans.
It seems to me this is common with the exception of homeowners doing an improvement on their own home or whatever.
From the LJW article this is not really a solution. This does not restore the home as agreed upon.
Developers are NOT afraid of city hall. I doubt they have much respect for commissioners . Use them while in office.
Fritzell wants the big job on the rec center. He is gonna make millions on that deal. Tell Fritz to cut a check $250k and move on.
like everything else this will be forgotten, remember when douglas county bank bulldozed the properties where the bamk and parking lot are in the middle of the night
They didn't bulldoze them in the middle of the night. Crack of dawn, yes - two days after the demo permits were issued. It amazes me how people fight to save houses that need tons of work and that no one wanted prior. OWL didn't step up to buy the houses and relocate them. DCB wanted them to, but they didn't have any resources. They had the chance. I remember back then, there were lots of houses in OWL that needed work and were cheap. My parents thought about buying one when I was a student for me and my friends to live in. Was the bank supposed to just sit on these houses for years, waiting to see if OWL could get some $ together? The houses were also a liability for the bank.
Funny how the residents of OWL like to use the parking lot at the bank all the time.
And no, I don't work for the bank. I just think it's ridiculous to expect every old house to be saved. Sometimes old houses get torn down. Get over it.
Some of those houses were in quite good shape, and there were people who had offered to move those houses off of the lots.
But DCB didn't want to delay their project, so the bulldozers were brought in.
If you go back and read the articles from the time, there in NO mention of people wanting to move the houses. They state that thehouses were the liablilty of the bank and that no one had the money or means to move them. Maybe people wanted to move them, but they had no way of doing it. AGAIN, are we expected to save every old house in town? Did anything significantly historical happen in these homes, or were they just old houses and many in town don't want to see old houses torn down. Funny, on my side of town (N), no one in the entire city would give a rats @ss if any of the old homes were destroyed. All anyone cares about is OWL. Everyone needs to get over it. The bank bought that block and if people were so concerned and just had to save those houses, they could have raised the money to buy them.
That was 25 years ago, so my memory of every detail of what was involved is not ironclad. But I can say that your recounting is not accurate. The bank was concerned only with their construction schedule, and were completely uncooperative with the efforts of several people to preserve at least some of those houses, which were among the oldest in town, and still in pretty good condition.
I have knowledge off 4 houses you can buy and move off the lots.
This is just a building, not a holy site. It should have been torn down and made into mulch. Not everyone can or wants to buy a house so that is why apartment buildings are necessary. Remember, people, this is Kansas, not Dubai!
"this is Kansas, not Dubai!"
What does that mean?
Who cares about the crappy house. I don't think he should have to pay anything for making the house better than it was before.
The deal wasn't to make it "better." It was to preserve it.
Just another sad example of how insider corruption is rampant everywhere. We have let developers run roughshod over the commission at the expense of proper zoning, proven demand or anything else quantifiable other that the need for more profits for the developers themselves.
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