To the editor:
This letter is in response to the Jan. 4 articles about "nonconforming buildings in downtown."
As an employee of M&M Office and School Supply, (one of those, so-called, nonconforming buildings according to the Downtown Design Task Force) located at 623 Mass. I would like to say, around 17 years ago, much of the area between Sixth and Seventh on Massachusetts Street was considered a "blighted" area. It was the area of Massachusetts that most people tried to ignore.
M&M Office Supply was one of the first businesses that decided they wanted to make a difference. It took a lot of hard work and money to clean it up and make it usable. I'm sure there are other businesses you listed that would have their own story to tell. We may not have the outside appearance that meets the DDTF's approval. We may not look like our new neighbors Eddie Bauer and American Eagle Outfitters. But I can assure you that inside you will find friendly, courteous, hardworking people who are ready to help meet the needs of our customers. We are locally owned. M&M has been serving Lawrence for more than 40 years.
It is the uniqueness of each business inside and outside which makes downtown Lawrence a place people like to come.
We at M&M are not opposed to conforming with the DDTF. Maybe we should start a "conforming fund" and maybe the DDTF could be one of our first contributors. Donations can be brought into our store during business hours. Thanks for giving me a reason to promote our business.
Thank you to all our customers who have supported us with your business. You are the reason we are still here.