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New city commission could hinder Wal-Mart’s lawsuits

April 4, 2007

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A hearing in the case that's two days away and the trial is set for April 16, but a new city commission could potentially keep Wal-Mart's lawsuits against the city out of court.

New city commission could hinder Wal-Mart's lawsuits

A hearing in the case that's two days away and the trial is set for April 16, but a new city commission could potentially keep Wal-Mart's lawsuits against the city out of court. Enlarge video

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence has the largest Wal-Mart in the state of Kansas sitting at 33rd and Iowa which provides the opportunity for those savings.

A building permit had never been issued...good point. Was it illegal for a commission to approve plans that exceeded the square footage set forth in that designated commercial space? It has never been said that Wal-Mart could not build or has it been denied the right. It is the size of the store in question.

Does Lawrence need a 4th grocery store in that area? A city commission has the right to make that decision which should be accompanied by a Retail Impact Study/Economic Impact Study

City Commissions change their minds on many matters however the law suit is about how a new city commission merely provided correction based on an unwise decision of a previous commission. This matter was brought about by neighborhood concerns accompanied with a petition containing about 400 names from the immediate neighborhood affected.

No Lawrence city commission decisions are written in stone.

What does an employee of Wal-Mart draw in Lawrence,Kansas? This is what matters.

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JohnBrown 7 years, 3 months ago

The whole corner at 6th and Wakarusa is a FUBAR ever since the School Board decided to build Free State on the North side of 6th St. After that, the sewage benefit district was rammed thru by the county, and the "planning" commissions of that time (1994-2000) just waited until individual land owners brought proposals to them. Horizon 2020 did limit the total retail space for the corner, but by the time the Bauer sisters brought their very good plan for their piece (the NE corner) all the retail space had already been parceled out and their proposal was denied. During that time, Marty and Erv! became new city commissioners and their first vote was to downsize the right-of-way of 6th & Wak "in order to save the city some money" (penny wise; pound foolish). This set the stage for a narrower ROW. Meanwhile, the NW corner owners enlarged their retail dreams to include a larger Wal-Mart, which would place severe demands on traffic with a too narrow a ROW in place. The city had to buy some ROW for a huge price (thanks Erv! and Marty, thanks "planning " commission!). but even that isn't enough to accomodate the traffic to be generated should Compton get his way with the NW corner. Meanwhile, the owners of the NE corner, the Bauer sisters, are still left holding an empty lot.

Real planning would have viewed this corner in its totality, figured out what the traffic demand would be, and PLANned from the beginning to acquire the ROW at (then) lower prices than what will be required now.

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