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Archive for Friday, June 6, 2008

Annexation request removed from Lawrence City Commission’s Tuesday night agenda

Property includes nearly 160 acres near Lecompton interchange on turnpike

June 6, 2008

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The fate of a 159-acre piece of property near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike will remain uncertain for a little longer.

City commissioners no longer are planning to hear an annexation request for the property at their Tuesday evening meeting. City Manager David Corliss had said earlier this week that he was planning on placing the annexation request on Tuesday's agenda after developers had requested the item be heard.

But Corliss on Friday said the city was still waiting for some documents from the county on the matter. The item is tentatively scheduled to be heard at the City Commission's June 17 meeting.

A development group has sought to annex the property as part of a plan to convert the nearly 160 acres into an industrial park. The request has drawn opposition from neighbors, who have said the area hasn't been properly planned for industrial development.

But the development group, which includes Lawrence businessmen Steve and Duane Schwada, have said the area is ideally situated for industrial development.

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