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25 years ago: Western Hills residents resist annexation

August 16, 2010

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The Douglas County Commission set rather broad limits for a proposed rail-served industrial park, stipulating that it consist of 100 to 300 acres within five miles of Lawrence. They estimated that total land acquisition costs would be “not less than $500,000.”

Residents of the Western Hills subdivision, just north of 15th Street and west of Monterey Way, were presenting a “unified front” against annexation into the city. Neighbors were concerned about the recent construction on West 15th Street and the multi-family residential developments being planned adjacent to the area, as well as the additional tax burden. However, city manager Buford Watson said that annexation was an inevitable part of progress and that the city was experiencing a natural growth toward the west.

Police were searching for a man who had entered the La Casa Inn, 2222 W. Sixth, with a pistol and demanded money from the night clerk. The robber made away with $67.50.

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