Archive for Friday, June 6, 2008

City to debate industrial center

June 6, 2008


Plans to create a new industrial area near the Lecompton turnpike interchange likely will be debated by city commissioners Tuesday.

City Manager David Corliss said that a request to annex 159 acres into the Lawrence city limits was tentatively scheduled to be on Tuesday's City Commission meeting agenda.

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.

The 159-acre parcel is just north of where Interstate 70 and the South Lawrence Trafficway intersect northwest of Lawrence.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.


maxc 9 years, 10 months ago

I was not surprised to see this again. It is too bad they only mention the 160 acres which Swada owns in the article. As I posted yesterday, this is part of a plan covering 4075 acres. See and click on the link to K-10/Farmers Turnpike plan. Although the City is only considering 160 acres at this time, it is the beginning of a much larger project. Lawrence has a difficult time paying for what they have now. Sure, some day they may see some tax benefit, or maybe not. Easthills is a prime example of letting of small group of developers have too much sway over the City. If you note on the plan, there is a proposed road which happens to run along Swada's other property. This is so he can subdivide with more frontage. This is more about Swada and his making money than the benefit to Lawrence. As I said yesterday, the area at I-70 and K-10 is a gateway to Lawrence and should have some logical development. It is the larger plan that concerns me, and the "Neighbors."

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