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Planning Commission to consider apartment plan

November 15, 2006

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Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners will consider plans for a new apartment complex near 31st Street and Ousdahl Road at their meeting tonight.

Developers are seeking to rezone 24.5 acres on the southeast corner of 31st Street and Ousdahl Road to allow for an apartment complex. The plans don't yet specify how many apartments would be built. Those details would be part of a site plan that would require approval by planning staff members at a later date.

Neighbors in the area have expressed some concern about the project. The Indian Hills Neighborhood Assn. has expressed concern that the location of the South Lawrence Trafficway isn't yet determined, that traffic volumes could increase dramatically in front of nearby Broken Arrow School and South Junior High School, and that there is only a four-way stop sign at 31st and Louisiana streets to move traffic through the area.

The Planning Commission is an advisory board. The City Commission ultimately will decide whether to approve the project.

The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

Comments

Richard Heckler 11 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps an economic impact study would be in order considering the rental market is flooded?

Perhaps an environmental impact study could be considered due to the size of the project?

Since this is an old project being revitalized a more current traffic impact study would be a smart move.

Shawna Huffman 11 years, 1 month ago

I'm with you Merrill!

Maybe the developer should buy some delapidated complexes and spend the money refurbishing them.

I also think builders should buy run down homes and refurbish them, instead of creating new cookie cutter neighborhoods where perfectly good streets have to be ripped up.

Lawrence absolutely does not need another apartment complex or new neighborhoods!

Also, how about some curbs for the streets in North Lawrence??

Thanks,

Shawna

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