Archive for Sunday, January 4, 1998


January 4, 1998


Lawrence city commissioners will get to decide whether a home built more than 130 years ago should be relocated to and resurrected within a city park.

The Hobbs Park Memorial Committee wants to move a dilapidated home from 909 Pa. to the south side of a parking lot at the park, at 10th and Delaware.

The committee, headed by Glenn Kappelman, specifically wants the commission to approve four items:

  • An ordinance or administrative edict to allow for location of the house in Hobbs Park.
  • A 5,625-square-foot plot in the park to serve as a work area for the project. The area would have temporary security fences. Once completed, the house would occupy only a quarter of the area.
  • A plan for the city to provide utility hookups to the basement of the renovated house, so that it may be used.
  • A contract with the committee -- or another group -- to ensure that the project would be completed on time and include clear lines of liability protection.

city Background

Lawrence City Commission bottom line for Jan. 6,1998 meeting

The house, owned by Valentin Romero, had been targeted for demolition by city officials. Local preservationists, however, argued for and received a chance to save the structure.

The committee has received a proposal from Dan Rockhill, a professor of architecture and urban design at Kansas University, to take on the project in conjunction with his spring seminar of nine graduate students.

The class would build a foundation in Hobbs Park in late January and then move the house to the site soon thereafter -- "allowing the remainder of the winter and spring to complete exterior renovation," Kappelman said, in a letter to City Manager Mike Wildgen.

The house would be transformed into a monument that would recognize the founding of Lawrence, in 1854, and the following 20 years that involved the city's settlement, destruction and rebirth.

The committee estimates the cost of the work -- including the new foundation, restoration, utilities, landscaping, consulting administration and related costs -- at less than $140,000.

Other business

Lawrence City Commission business for Jan. 6,1998 meeting

  • Proclaim Jan. 17-24 "Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Week."
  • Approve licenses recommended by the city's department of administrative services. Among them: cereal malt beverage licenses for Bullwinkle's, 1344 Tenn., and Jayhawk Cafe, 1340 Ohio. Owners of the two bars turned in their state liquor licenses this month and plan to reopen with city licenses that allow for sales and service only of cereal malt beverages, which are beers limited to 3.2 percent alcohol by volume.
  • Set a 2 p.m. Jan. 27 deadline for bids to handle drainage improvements in the area of Second and Michigan streets. The entire project's budget is $1.2 million.
  • Agree to hire Emerson Construction Inc., for $1.24 million, to handle installation of new drainage pipes along Carolina Street. The work had been expected to cost $1.8 million.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to change the names of two streets: Dana Drive would become Stowe Drive, and Michigan Court would become Michigan Street.
  • Approve an ordinance, on final reading, to establish a bus loading zone along the west side of Mississippi Street, for a distance 400 feet north of Sixth Street. The zone, which would be located along the east side of Pinckney School, would be in force from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • Receive a request to annex 14.5 acres south of Harvard Road and north of Legends Drive. The request would be referred to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission for review.
  • Schedule a public hearing Jan. 27 to deal with assessments within benefit districts for the following projects: sanitary sewers at East Hills Business Park, street and storm sewers on East 24th Street, streets and storm sewers on West 15th Street, and geometric improvements and traffic signals at 34th and Iowa streets.
  • Approve the following final plats: Ethan's Place, a two-lot residential subdivision along the east side of the 300 block of Alabama Street; Foxchase Patio Homes Addition, a one-lot residential area covering 2 acres along the east side of Branchwood Drive (extended), north of Foxchase Drive; Foxchase Addition No. 3, a 68-lot residential area covering 22.3 acres along the south extension of Branchwood Drive and Harvard Road, southwest of Deer Run Drive; and Wakarusa View Estates No. 3, a residence-office area covering 9 acres southwest of West 27th Street and Bluestem Drive.
  • Consider approving a "Future Land Use Map for the City of Lawrence," and amend it into Horizon 2020, the city's comprehensive land-use plan.
  • Approve a permit for operation of a professional studio and art teaching facility at 509 North.
  • Approve a permit to allow for the removal of an existing 180-foot communications tower at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th. The tower would be replaced with a new 190-foot monopole.
  • Agree to rezone 5 acres from residence-office uses to planned commercial uses at the northeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive. Commissioners also would approve a preliminary development plan for the property, to be known as Stoneridge Plaza.
  • Approve an ordinance, on first reading, to rezone several properties north and south of 15th Street, generally between Wakarusa Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The specific rezoning requests: 32.7 acres from agricultural and residential to single-family residential uses; 81.7 acres from agricultural and residential to single-family-estate residential uses; 15.8 acres from agricultural to multifamily residential uses; 5.9 acres from agricultural and multifamily residential to single-family residential; and 27.9 acres from agricultural and residential to planned-residential uses.
  • Schedule a public hearing Jan. 13 to consider a request from ProSoCo Inc. for a tax abatement.
  • Agree to grant a private easement on vacated North Street right-of-way, east of North Second Street.
  • Consider a request from Al Stuber, who wants a rebate on the $80 a month he pays the city for an acre of property at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Stuber has leased the property since October 1996, and he uses the property for a hangar he built. The hangar is home to Aerospace Systems and Technology Inc. Stuber maintains that the hangar, which he owns, has "enhanced" economic development and commercial activities at the airport and throughout Lawrence. He wants the city to give him a rebate of $840 -- or $70 a month -- on the $960 in rent he paid last year.

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