Archive for Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Another street to close for Oread Inn construction

June 2, 2009


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.


Danimal 8 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.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 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.

thelonious 8 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.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 10 months ago

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

flyin_squirrel 8 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...

Flap Doodle 8 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.

thelonious 8 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.

bearded_gnome 8 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 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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