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Archive for Friday, April 6, 2001

Groups oppose ‘big-box’ development

April 6, 2001

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Three organizations have joined forces to oppose a pair of developments the groups contend should not be allowed under city-county development guidelines.

The presidents of Downtown Lawrence Inc., the League of Women Voters and the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods signed a joint letter last week saying decisions should be deferred on proposals for a Home Depot store at 31st Street and Ousdahl Road and a "big box" retail development at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

The letter said the developments with 271,836 square feet of retail space for Home Depot and 116,000 square feet for the main building of the "big box" development are bigger than allowed by Horizon 2020, the city-county comprehensive planning document.

The planning commission already has approved zoning changes to allow construction of Home Depot despite the recommendations of planning office staffers who said it did not conform to Horizon 2020.

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