Archive for Friday, March 13, 1992


March 13, 1992


The owner of the vacant concrete husk at Ninth Street and Emery Road has plans to raze the structure that once was home to the Theta Chi fraternity and build condominiums.

Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will consider approving a site plan for the first of two condominium buildings intended for the property.

The meeting will start at 4 p.m. to allow time for discussion of two long-awaited reports one examining the policies of the Lawrence Police Department and the other on future downtown development.

Discussion of the police report is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Commissioners will receive the downtown development report at 8:30 p.m. and hear public comment.

THE ABANDONED three-story fraternity house at 1329 W. Ninth was built in 1958. Since Theta Chi left in 1971, it has served as a canvas for graffiti artists and a home to transients. The concrete shell has been the focus of several demolition and development plans during the years but remains standing.

John Shaver, owner of the property, hopes to construct four condominium buildings on the property, according to the site plan.

The finished complex would contain 48 three-bedroom condos.

The name of the proposed complex is College Hill Condominiums. The College Housing Group, a Roanoke, Tex., developing firm, plans to construct the condos in two phases.

The site plan for the first phase calls for demolition of the vacant fraternity house and construction of the first of two condominium buildings. Each building would contain 12 condos.

DEVELOPERS PLAN to create 74 off-street parking spaces for the first two buildings and a driveway from Emery Road.

Developers plan to landscape the north property line overlooking Ninth Street and add landscaping and fencing along the west and south sides of the parking lot to shield it from sight.

City planners have recommended four conditions for approval of the site plan, including construction of a sidewalk along the driveway to Emery Road.

Shaver and representatives of the College Housing Group were unavailable this morning to provide more details on their plans for the condominiums.

HERE'S THE agenda for Tuesday's meeting, which will begin at 4 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts:


Commissioners will consider proclaiming next Friday as "Meat-Out Day in Lawrence." The proclamation commissioners will consider calls on local residents to refrain from eating meat that day and "reflect on the idea of meat consumption and all that it entails."

Consent agenda:

Consider minutes of previous city commission meeting and various city organization meetings.

Consider payment of city expenses.

Consider awarding bid of $183,836 to LRM Industries Inc. for paving Tiffany Drive in Tiffany Addition No. 2.

improvements to the intersection of 15th Street and Crestline Drive.

Consider setting 2 p.m. March 31 as the date to receive bids for razing the fire training tower at Fire Station No. 2, 1941 Haskell Ave.

Consider on final reading an ordinance amending the city code regarding subdivision regulations.

Consider on final reading an ordinance amending the city code regarding planned unit developments.

Consider on final reading an ordinance amending the city code regarding consumption and possession of liquor and cereal malt beverages in public places.

CONSIDER accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Heritage No. 3 at Alvamar, a 13-lot residential subdivision of 7.2 acres. The property is along Nicklaus Drive west of Inverness Drive.

Consider accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Westgate Subdivision No. 1, a 32-lot residential subdivision of 10 acres. The property is south of West Sixth Street and west of Pioneer Ridge West No. 2.

Consider a site plan for College Hill Condominiums to be built on Emery Road south of Ninth Street.

Consider a site plan for Westwood Apartments at Monterey Way and West 10th Circle.

CONSIDER a site plan for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on the northwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive.

Consider giving an extension until Jan. 15, 1993, for a site plan for a 36-unit addition to Southpointe Apartments, 2166 West 26th.

Consider a site plan for Leannamar Apartments, located west of Inverness Drive, south of Wimbledon Drive, and adjacent to Clinton Pointe Subdivision.

Consider approving an amendment for the Housing Authority's annual contributions contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Section 8 voucher program.

Consider authorizing the mayor to sign a mortgage subordination agreement for Bill Green, 741 and 745 Conn.

Consider closing Massachusetts Street between 11th and 13th streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 for Art in the Park, which is held annually in South Park.

On the regular agenda, commissioners will:

Consider a resolution declaring 828 Madeline Ln. blighted and allowing the owner 20 days to bring the property up to city guidelines.

Commissioners plan to break for dinner at 5 p.m. At 6:35 p.m., commissioners will:

Receive Lawrence Police Peer Review Committee's final report and discuss the report with committee members.

At 8:30 p.m., commissioners are scheduled to:

Receive Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Downtown Development task force report, discuss the report, and receive public comments.


Commissioners will consider setting 4 p.m. April 13 as the date for a study session to review and discuss recommendations of the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee for the 1992-1993 CDBG budget.

Commissioners will consider setting a date for a study session to review the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Visit 2020 task force report.

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