Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Grants to help pay for fire sprinklers

April 10, 2007


City staff members are recommending that grants be provided to the owners of eight downtown buildings to help them install fire sprinkler systems.

Commissioners at their meeting tonight are scheduled to approve the following buildings for grants: Teller's, 746 Mass.; Lawrence Masonic Temple, 1001 Mass.; Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse, 719 Mass.; Goldmakers, 723 Mass.; The Bayleaf, 725 Mass.; The Casbah, 803 Mass.; Hobbs, 700 Mass.; and Silver Works and More, 715 Mass.

The grant program will provide a rebate of up to 75 percent of the costs of the fire sprinkler installation.

Commissioners previously approved the grant program, saying it was important to provide additional fire protection to the city's historic downtown.

City staff members received applications for 35 buildings. Buildings were evaluated based on factors including fire protection systems, presence of residential units and historical significance.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 tonight at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.


werekoala 10 years, 11 months ago

Downtown fire sprinklers are an incredibly good idea. A sizable portion of out-of-town money enters our town economy through the Mass Street merchants. And any night, a single unattended candle or faulty piece of wiring could destroy entire blocks of highly-profitable retail space.

Look at what happened to Fort Scott's downtown in 2004 - I think they lost 3 square blocks. Once a fire gets big enough, you can't put it out -- just try and contain it.

Maybe it'd be nice if some of the building owners would do this -- but it's a problem that's bigger than any single structure, and while they might do alright from the insurance, our town economy would be the one to suffer.

Godot 10 years, 11 months ago

How funny to say that "the buildings" are receiving grants.

These are the people who are receiving the grants:

Tellers, 746 Mass: George Paley Lawrence Masonic Temple, 1001 Mass: Consolidated Properties, aka Doug Compton Buffalo Bob's, 719 Mass: Bob Schumm Goldmakers, Peter Zacharias The Bayleaf, 725 Mass: Anne Yetman The Casbah, 803 Mass, David Millstein Hobbs, 700 Mass, Mark Swanson Silverworks and More, James & Cara Connelly

Was "need" a consideration in making the grants?

Sigmund 10 years, 11 months ago

Nope, the downtown owners wanted the Lawrence Taxpayers to pick up the tab and by golly we did! Congrats to Schumm, et al for getting into our wallets. Guess we are going to need the increase in sales taxes after all!

BTW, I WONT be visiting your businesses in the future, you got all of my money (by force of law) that you will ever get from me.

Compy 10 years, 11 months ago

Godot, thanks for completing the job the LJW couldn't......printing the NAMES of the RECIPIENTS of the GRANTS in question.

Porter 10 years, 11 months ago

Oh the horror! Grant money is going to be used to update sprinkler systems!! Where do I sign up for the revolution??

Seriously guys, get a hobby.

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