Archive for Friday, January 12, 1996


January 12, 1996


Here are the eight sites now under consideration for the new Douglas County Jail:

  • A 40-acre tract in the Anna Hope Industrial Park, which is east of the intersection of Lakeview Road and North Iowa Street. The site is across the street from the Quaker Oats plant.
  • A 40-acre site on the east side of McDonald Drive, across the street from the Hallmark Cards plant.
  • The Allen Press properties in the 1000 blocks of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.
  • A 30-acre tract between the Farmland Industries plant and East Hills Business Park, east of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10.
  • A 70-acre site south of the LRM Industries plant, which is on the south side of K-10 about a mile east of Lawrence.
  • A 56-acre tract southeast of the intersection of 33rd and Ousdahl streets. The site is east of the Wal-Mart store.
  • An 8-acre area within the city's 120-acre Clinton Water Treatment Plant expansion area, which is northwest of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.
  • A 30-acre site east of Brook Creek Park and northwest of the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Architects will evaluate the sites and rank them. Douglas County commissioners then will select two or three sites as finalists.

The county, which needs six to 10 acres for the jail, would not necessarily purchase an entire tract of land.

No sites removed from Lawrence were considered because of a state law that requires a county jail to be located in the city that serves as a county seat. Sites just outside the Lawrence city limits would have to be annexed.

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