Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Wal-Mart hearing delayed

May 28, 2003


Owners of the northwest Lawrence land where Wal-Mart wants to build a new store will have to wait a week for their day in court.

Douglas County Judge Michael Malone this morning scheduled a 9 a.m. June 3 hearing in the case of 6Wak Land Investments LLC against the city of Lawrence.

6Wak filed suit Tuesday, saying the city improperly denied a building permit for a 6,794-square-foot restaurant planned to share the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive with the Wal-Mart store.

During a short hearing Wednesday, the city's attorney said he hadn't been given enough notice of the hearing to prepare an adequate response.

"The matters are so voluminous we can't resolve it in a short hearing today," said the attorney, Jerry Cooley.

Mary Jo Shaney, a Kansas City, Mo., attorney representing 6Wak, said her clients were racing against the Lawrence City Commission's approval of a building moratorium for the land. Final approval of the ban is expected Tuesday.

"Our client believes this is in the nature of an emergency," Shaney said.

Malone agreed the city needed more time to prepare and scheduled the June 3 hearing. The hearing is slated to last all day.

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