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Archive for Tuesday, December 7, 1999

CLINTON LAKE RESORT RAISES CONCERNS

December 7, 1999

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J-W Staff Reports

Concerns ranging from the destruction of mountain bike trails to sediment dumping to the destruction of natural habit were raised at a forum Monday night on a possible resort at Clinton Lake.

Alison Reber, president of the Jayhawk Audubon Society, said about 150 people attended the event at the Lawrence Public Library.

Representatives from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies were on hand to answer questions.

CB Richard Ellis, a Kansas City, Mo., development company, wants to open a $21.8 million, 150-room hotel by May 2001 on the north shore of Clinton Lake, complete with a restaurant and bar, fitness center, tennis courts and marina.

Reber said no one from the company was at the forum, but that a representative said the resort was still in the feasibility study stage.

"They're not really committed to that site," Reber said. "I think the developer is more aware of the concerns."

In addition to the Audubon Society, the forum was sponsored by the Douglas County Preservation Alliance and the Lawrence chapter of the Sierra Club.

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