Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 1996


July 24, 1996


A new restaurant in south Lawrence and apartments in for consideration by the local planning commission.

A seafood restaurant in southern Lawrence is on the menu tonight for members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.

The commission will listen to plans for building a Red Lobster restaurant on the northwest corner of 31st and Iowa streets.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city commission chambers at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Under its consent agenda, the planning commission will hear about Red Lobster plans when it considers the preliminary and final plats of KLWN addition, a two-lot commercial subdivision that contains about 3.15 acres.

Bob Newton, station manager, said the radio station's lot is being subdivided into north and south lots. The station is negotiating with Red Lobster over the northern lot.

Red Lobster's parent company, Darden Restaurant Inc., Orlando, Fla., said it hopes to begin construction Sept. 23 on a 5,600-square-foot building. The company hopes it will be completed next February.

Newton said the radio station recently put the other lot, which contains its studios, on the market for sale. The station has not decided where or when it will move its studios, he said.

In other action, the planning commission will consider a request to rezone property at 19th Street and Naismith Drive so the First Southern Baptist Church can remodel its building to be used for 43 studio apartments.

The church is now building a new structure on 10 acres on the north side of Sixth Street, between Folks Road and Eldridge Street.

The Centennial Neighborhood Assn.'s steering committee voted to oppose rezoning. Among its reasons have been increased traffic, noise and other disturbances.

In other action, the commission will consider a request to rezone about 7.73 areas from RO-1A (Residential Office) to PCD-2 (Planned Commercial Development) and CP (Commercial Parking). The property is on the south side of West Sixth Street, one-fourth of a mile east of Wakarusa Drive.

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