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Another street to close for Oread Inn construction

June 2, 2009

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As The Oread goes up, another road is about to close down.

Ongoing construction of the hotel and condominium project, just north of Kansas University’s main campus, is spurring the scheduled closure of 11th Street, from Indiana to Mississippi streets.

The closure is set to begin Thursday and last into this summer, as crews replace a sewer line and rebuild the intersection of 11th and Indiana streets. The work will eliminate through traffic, although access for local traffic will be maintained.

The closure will join at least two others already in place for the area in association with the project: Indiana, from 11th to 12th streets; and Oread Avenue, from 12th to 13th streets.

The Oread is expected to open in spring 2010.

Comments

swan_diver 4 years, 10 months ago

The thing that makes the Oread Inn a travesty and a crime, goes beyond its cheap-ass, shopping mall-style exterior treatment. Forget the public financing scam, and shameless and questionable attempt to cash in by using the structure as a platform for what was hoped would be the most expensive block of condos in Kansas. Forget that an important corner of Lawrence's Original Town Site was defaced by the fraud.

There was absolutely no attempt by the perpetrators of this act, its accessories at city hall, or usual complainers, to insist upon developers and their city commission handmaidens that a large portion of the structure be dedicated to the beginning of the redevelopment of a student commercial district near campus, that serves the needs of faculty, staff and students, and that adds urban amenities, street life, and needed services to a well-exploited population.

The Oread Inn was developed in tandem with the blessed end of the Bush Administration, engineered national financial collapse -- and multi-trillion dollar rip off of the public treasury by banks. It's part of the scenery, from here.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 10 months ago

I love how Boozo again aspires to claim wisdom he/she/it doesn't have.

Boozo and others forget we've built things to smaller scale, like the HRC wanted. the problem is that for some buildings, scale is necessary for making a profit. you all forget that somebody oughta make a profit. the investors should make a profit...no that's not your socialism. Boozo has repeatedly posted that he/she/it and a benevolent government can decide when somebody has enough money and then use confiscatory taxes to take away their money that's above that!


Bronzie, you forgot the mind control cell phone tower, and the zeppelin mooring mast both going on top of the Oread Inn.

and Bronzie, you planning more vandalism?

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

and thelonious don't forget there will be a Jimmy John's there to replace the Yellow Sub of olde.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

actually thelonious i think it will work.

problem is such a huge opportunity missed for a great design. the KU student architecture proposals by Professor Newton's class were vastly better.

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thelonious 4 years, 10 months ago

Yep, and I wonder what will happen when, in the current real estate environment, those condos don't sell, or don't bring the price envisioned? Will they go ask the city for more tax money to make the project "economically viable"? Taxpayers of Lawrence, you're about to get gouged good and proper. Sure hope you like supporting the Fritzel's in style.

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2fat4u 4 years, 10 months ago

I need a doughnut. We all need doughnuts.

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Bowhunter99 4 years, 10 months ago

let me guess snap... can that one person be COOL? or Spiderman? or should we use its latest id, bronze?

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Here's a prediction, by sundown today, 75% of the comments on this thread will have been made by one person.

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parrotuya 4 years, 10 months ago

Glad I don't live in that neighborhood anymore. And kudos to the failed city commission!

DOWn, baby, DOWn!

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

i don't know thelonius,

those top two floors were for private condominiums for sale, one of the highest revenue producing parts of the project.

2 floors of about 17,000 sq. ft. total for friends of 'Big Lew'?

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

now flyin squirrel

let's be accurate. only $11 million in TIF funding was granted for the project - for garage & street work even though garage is owned by private hotel investment group.

so the city helped them borrow $11 million at a reduced interest rate to be paid back by sales tax proceeds from the additional 1% at the 'hotel district'.....yes district as in more to come.

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flyin_squirrel 4 years, 10 months ago

What about the 5 bars being built using tax payer dollars? And one of the bars is a dance club taking up the entire basement. Guess the city isn't worried about another Last Call...

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Bowhunter99 4 years, 10 months ago

Spiderman/Cool/moron/bronze....

stop posting nonsense....

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Relax and have a popsicle, bronze. It's a cool and fruity treat on a spring day.

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thelonious 4 years, 10 months ago

This whole project is a travesty and should have never been approved in it's final state - it would have been fine if they had limited it's height to what the HRC recommended. The tax givaway to the developers was repulsive as well and the city will lose on this deal. Watch the LJW closely over the next five years.

I wonder if the owners will lose less money with a half-empty seven-story tower instead of a half-empty five-story tower.

I certainly will not set foot in that place or spend even one thin dime supporting it. I'm kind of hoping that it fails, then KU can buy the building on the courthouse steps and convert it to housing for retired professors. It'd be a nice perk to attract quality faculty to KU. Maybe they could shave the top two stories off it as well so it wouldn't be the eyesore it is about to become.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

that's right just another bozo, currently it is about 1/2 of eventual height.

Remember Mike Amyx, Sue Hack, Boog, Mike Dever, and Chestnut all voted specifically that the approved project is "the only feasible & prudent alternative for that site".

Sue Hack said during one presentation, "It's Beautiful!".

as they over ruled the unanimous vote against the project by the Historic Resources Commission.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

I went by there for the first time in a while yesterday. It looks to be about half its eventual height, and already the scale of the building is completely inappropriate for the location.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

one reason Danimal is that they chose not to install what is called a tower crane that could have worked the entire site from a taller construction tower.

That would have eliminated street closures on Indiana but the City wouldn't force The Oread group to actually do something for the community.

City Commission approval of this project established no green or energy efficiency standards and gave them a new height on the land parcel - increasing it from 35 feet at the former Yellow Sub to now 114 feet tall.

for reference the KU Union facing east is about 50 feet tall and Hobbs Taylor downtown is about 58 feet tall.

stay tuned.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

one reason Danimal is that they chose not to install what is called a tower crane that could have worked the entire site from a taller construction tower.

That would have eliminated street closures on Indiana but the City wouldn't force The Oread group to actually do something for the community.

City Commission approval of this project established no green or energy efficiency standards and gave them a new height on the land parcel - increasing it from 35 feet at the former Yellow Sub to now 114 feet tall.

for reference the KU Union facing east is about 55 feet tall and Hobbs Taylor downtown is about 58 feet tall.

stay tuned.

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

one reason Danimal is that they chose not to install what is called a tower crane that could have worked the entire site from a taller construction tower.

That would have eliminated street closures on Indiana but the City wouldn't force The Oread group to actually do something for the community.

City Commission approval of this project established no green or energy efficiency standards and gave the a new height on the land parcel - increasing it from 35 feet at the former Yellow Sub to now 114 feet tall.

for reference the KU Union facing east is about 55 feet tall and Hobbs Taylor downtown is about 58 feet tall.

stay tuned.

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Danimal 4 years, 10 months ago

Why don't they just close down the entire Oread neighborhood so they can have fewer complications shoehorning this thing into that lot.

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