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Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

La. Street home to be demolished

August 13, 2008

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A dilapidated house at 1232 La. likely will be demolished within the next two weeks.

City commissioners on a split vote approved a demolition of the house after several months of discussion with Lawrence attorney Price Banks, who is representing the owner of the property.

Commissioners ultimately agreed that the house was a safety hazard in its current condition and could not feasibly be rehabilitated.

Neighbors had protested the demolition because the owners of the property have not submitted any plans for what they want to build on the property.

Commissioners also said they were concerned about the lack of a replacement plan. But as part of the demolition permit, commissioners added a provision that no building permit could be issued for the property until a new Oread Neighborhood Plan has been adopted by the City Commission. The commission also added language that the vacant lot can't be used as a parking lot.

Commissioners Boog Highberger and Rob Chestnut voted against the demolition permit.

Comments

TtownKUlivin 6 years, 4 months ago

Anybody know why this house was considered a safety concern? The neighbors didn't seem to care..

seriouscat 6 years, 4 months ago

'Bout friggin time. What a waste of time and energy. Old houses like that are analogous to old people who can't see anything but are still driving around town with their drivers licenses.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

There's always more spiced ham available.......

Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

Havingaspicedhamsandwichforlunchandthere isnothingmarionicandoaboutit.

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 4 months ago

Chestnut is afraid to make a decision on anything. Look for nothing to happen when he is Mayor...

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 4 months ago

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 4 months ago

Marion: "You should learn to make your own decisions."Oh, I do... I just love a scapegoat. BTW, LJW, what did I do THIS time to have my post removed? Primarily, I quoted a "vertical" post from this very forum which remains in this forum.( Py, do you have connections of which I am unaware? )

seriouscat 6 years, 4 months ago

"I'm wondering where you're going with this analogy. Exactly what do you want to do to elderly drivers?"Take away their licenses before they hurt themselves or someone else. "Regardless, the fate of this old house a damn shame. Old houses, whether recognized as historic or not, are an integral part of the fabric that makes Lawrence what it is. "I agree with you except that I don't believe this should apply to all old houses everywhere. Old houses are extremely inefficient. In a time when energy conservation has become compulsory even for the most cavalier consumers, why preserve 100s of houses that leak heat out of every corner and have outdated electrical? And their architecture doesn't usually fit in with modern lifestyles. Try fitting a modern woman's wardrobe with her 30 pairs of shoes into closets for women 100 years ago who had 2 dresses and 2 pairs of shoes. Or one of those giant TVs on the wall without running into a door or window, or one of those giant fridges into a 10x15 kitchen with 2 outlets that have been rewired 20 times. "With each new apartment/hotel/big box store, Lawrence loses a little bit more of its flavor."This doesn't have to be the case. Compromises can be made and there are plenty of 'everyone wins' solutions. Collaboration and creativity make anything possible. I moved from an old neighborhood where the local Safeway was made by the neighborhood group to include pedestrian friendly parking with x number of spots, landscaping, daytime only hours...you name it, they got what they wanted, because they were realistic about their demands and both sides were willing to compromise. "I know progress can't be stopped, but it'd be nice if owners would practice good faith in maintaining their properties. And, back to your analogy, in maintaining their old people too."100% agreed : )

EarthaKitt 6 years, 4 months ago

seriouscat:'Bout friggin time. What a waste of time and energy. Old houses like that are analogous to old people who can't see anything but are still driving around town with their drivers licenses.I'm wondering where you're going with this analogy. Exactly what do you want to do to elderly drivers? Regardless, the fate of this old house a damn shame. Old houses, whether recognized as historic or not, are an integral part of the fabric that makes Lawrence what it is. With each new apartment/hotel/big box store, Lawrence loses a little bit more of its flavor. (Sorry. Now I'm mixing metaphors.) I know progress can't be stopped, but it'd be nice if owners would practice good faith in maintaining their properties. And, back to your analogy, in maintaining their old people too. (See story about senior day care center closing.)Begin your attacks...................................NOW!

bearded_gnome 6 years, 4 months ago

ah,nothing like a little anti-christian bigotry from the liberal tolerant lawrence left, eh? has nothing to do with article or thread!***was surprised not to find vapid little maxy1 posting some cut-and-paste/link for preservation of some toilet monument in puerto rico! on split votes, you don't often see Rob and the Boog voting together. hope Rob's not hitting on Boog's bongs.

sjschlag 6 years, 4 months ago

"Commissioners ultimately agreed that the house was a safety hazard in its current condition and could not feasibly be rehabilitated."It really is a safety hazard. I toured the house with a friend of mine after some hobos had broken in. It was in terrible shape. Even if the "bones" of the house are good, everything else would have to be ripped out and replaced-and after that, what's left of the house that makes it special? "Neighbors had protested the demolition because the owners of the property have not submitted any plans for what they want to build on the property."The private developer is paying for demolition of a dangerous property- which is a plus. However, they are not willing to disclose the plans they have for the property, which is a real concern of neighbors in the Oread neighborhood, especially with recent projects in the area. I'd be scared too- I'd want to see some plans before they built some new apartments or condominiums next to me."Commissioners also said they were concerned about the lack of a replacement plan. But as part of the demolition permit, commissioners added a provision that no building permit could be issued for the property until a new Oread Neighborhood Plan has been adopted by the City Commission. The commission also added language that the vacant lot can't be used as a parking lot." I hate to say it, but this language is setting this up to be a vacant lot for the next 10 years. It will more than likely change hands several times, as undervalued property on LA street is "not quite ready" for development.

1029 6 years, 4 months ago

I think they should built a church there. A good dose of religion will counterbalance all that education students are receiving at that liberal factory they call KU. Too many kids are turning there backs on religion these days and too many are getting educated and that's bad news for us conservatives. The world is all about balances and moderation and a little religion will be good for their brains and keep them from becoming too educated and keep them from drifting off to the left. I'm part of a little conservative meeting group that meets every Tuesday and we always end the meeting by reminding members that the greatest threat to our ideology is education, and so what KU does with their promotion of knowledge is not good for us. I think it would only be fair that the city arranges for a church to be built in that spot to balance out what is happening at that school.

not_dolph 6 years, 4 months ago

Well, how's old Marion today? Nice to see you out in force. Snap, are there any leftovers? I missed lunch today.

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