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July 1, 1996
Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo The Winter block — property bordered by Seventh, Eighth, New Hampshire and Rhode Island streets — is targeted for demolition to make way for new commercial, residential and office development. Borders, a national bookstore, music and cafe chain, wants to locate a store at the northwest corner of the block, at Seventh and New Hampshire streets. Wint Winter Jr., a Lawrence attorney whose family owns the property, said he was “90 percent complete” on a deal to bring an unnamed national retailer to the property. The southwest corner of the property, at Eighth and New Hampshire, would feature mixed uses that likely would include a restaurant, Winter said. The property’s owners, known as Winter Inc., filed an application Wednesday for a demolition permit. The application is scheduled to be reviewed July 18 by the city’s Historic Resources Commission. Site plans for the project are expected within two weeks. Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will review early work on a redevelopment plan for downtown properties. Mayor John Nalbandian said the plan was intended to give officials guidance on projects that include requests for spending tax money. Winter’s doesn’t. “I think it’d be hard for us to say no, you can’t do this,” Nalbandian said. “In my personal opinion, any downtown plan that we come up with should be able to accommodate a project like this.” Tuesday’s city commission meeting begins at 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.