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Archive for Saturday, January 4, 1992

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DOWNTOWN

January 4, 1992

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The report of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Development Task Force is based on recommendations for downtown put together by four task force subcommittees.

Here are those subcommittee recommendations.

ACCESS SUBCOMMITTEE

The proposed Eastern Parkway, which would link downtown to Kansas Highway 10, should be contructed as soon as possible.

The North Second Street corridor, which links downtown to the Kansas Turnpike, should be landscaped at key intersections and in available open spaces.

Ninth Street between Iowa Street and Emery Road should be widened to four lanes.

A center turn lane should be installed on Sixth Street between Tennessee and Maine streets.

A pedestrian and bicycle pathyway should be developed between the Kansas University campus and downtown.

LAND AVAILABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE

The boundaries of the central business district should be expanded to accommodate commercial and residential development, including the existing commercially utilized corridors to the CBD.

A new zoning classification should be established to encourage an expanded central business district and new opportunities for downtown development.

The formation of a downtown redevelopment corporation to acquire, hold, and redevelop property should be studied.

PARKING SUBCOMMITTEE

Convenient additional parking facilities for customers, visitors and professional clients should be constructed. Decked parking facilities may be needed to meet this objective.

More well-located, long-term parking facilities for employees should be developed.

The funding of additional parking facilities for the CBD could be a joint venture by public and private sources.

MIX OF OFFERINGS SUBCOMMITTEE

Additional retail offerings, including individual proprietorships, regional and national chains, factory outlets and department stores, should be encouraged.

Private art galleries, studios, theaters and other cultural, recreational, convention and hotel facilities should be encouraged.

Residential multi-density housing within the central business district should be encouraged as a buffer between downtown Lawrence and residential neighborhoods.

The central business district should continue to be the governmental offices center for the community.

Professional and corporate offices should be encouraged to locate in the downtown area.

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