The city shouldn't even think about buying land for the Eastern Parkway until an East Lawrence neighborhood plan is adopted, Lawrence city commissioners decided Tuesday.
Commissioners set Dec. 31, 1994, as the deadline for adopting the study, which would contain protections for the neighborhood with regard to traffic, development and other issues.
"I don't see it threatening the Eastern Parkway project," Mayor John Nalbandian said.
Even so, several East Lawrence residents vowed to fight the $14.7 million parkway, planned to stretch for 3.5 miles between the intersection of Seventh and New York streets to an intersection at Noria Road, at the northeast corner of the East Hills Business Park.
Current plans call for allowing cars and trucks to enter the parkway at the two end points, plus intersections at Eighth, 11th and 15th streets.
Dwayne Schaake, chair of Citizens Opposed to the Eastern Parkway, called the project a "crap shoot" by "desperate gamblers."
Richard Kershenbaum, 704 N.Y., told commissioners they they were wasting staff time and taxpayer money. In 1990, Lawrence residents approved spending $4 million on the parkway.
"I see a taxpayer revolt on the horizon here," he said. "This is totally irresponsible."
Kershenbaum said he was insulted by Nalbandian's written disappointment in the improvement association's conditional support for the parkway.
"We're the ones that have a gun to our head, not you," Kershenbaum said. said. "To say that we're threatening you is quite inaccurate."
Nalbandian still plans to meet with neighborhood representatives at 7 p.m. Sunday, although he doubts much will be accomplished.
The meeting will be at Kershenbaum's house.
"I am so angry right now, with you, you have no idea," Nalbandian said.