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June 19, 1996

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Several years ago, didn't the paper print stories saying that no construction would occur at the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa, where apartments now are being built?

A story in the May 23, 1991, Journal-World noted that the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission denied rezoning 4.22 acres at that particular corner -- zoning that would have allowed a residence-office development there.

Even so, a review of newspaper articles concerning the property during the past six years failed to reveal anything saying that no construction would occur at the corner.

On April 2, 1990, Mastercraft Corp. and its president, Duane Schwada, closed a deal to acquire the property from Richard O. Nelson, who had owned the land for 30 years. That event was chronicled in the J-W's April 4, 1990, edition.

Several later stories detailed proposals for development on the corner -- proposals that would never become reality. A story appearing on Feb. 22, 1995, discussed an out-of-town developer's tentative proposal to build two motels, one or two restaurants and a convenience store at the corner.

In the end, Doug Compton's First Management Inc. secured a development deal. His company's apartment project, known informally as Highpointe Apartments, is under construction at the corner.

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