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Name change proposed for West 15th Street would honor late developer

Builders’ organization leading effort to rename street Bob Billings Parkway

May 2, 2003


Efforts are underway to rename a major west Lawrence street for a man who helped make its path so prominent.

Fifteenth Street west of Iowa Street would be renamed Bob Billings Parkway under a plan proposed by the Lawrence Home Builders Assn.

The association is soliciting support from area organizations that have been touched by the generosity of Billings, who led development of western Lawrence.

Billings, who was known for his Alvamar golf courses and housing developments, died Feb. 13 at the age of 65.

"I think it would be a great memorial to Bob," said Frank Salb, a Lawrence home builder who brought the idea to the association. "Bob was such a great person ... and he's been such a giver to the whole community. He's not been just a developer that means so much to us. He's given his whole life to the whole Lawrence community."

After a few weeks of collecting letters of support, association leaders intend to ask Lawrence city commissioners to approve the name change.

For more on this story, watch 6News after the Royals game and at 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Saturday's Journal-World.

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