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40 years ago: Chancellor answers questions at Douglas County KU alumni session

August 18, 2010

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A meeting of Douglas County Kansas University alumni culminated in a question-and-answer session in Woodruff Auditorium with Chancellor Laurence Chalmers. More than 500 people in attendance, about two-thirds townspeople and one-third KU faculty and staff, witnessed the gamut of questions, which were less hostile than Chalmers had experienced in 27 other alumni visits in Kansas over the summer.

Constant Construction Co. of Lawrence and the Federal Housing Authority signed contracts for the construction of the Hope Plaza, a 124-unit low-cost housing project at First and Michigan. Also, the city had received HUD approval for 130 units of general occupancy, low-rent housing on the east side of Haskell north of 19th Street.

A fire at the Kroger Family Center, 23rd and Alabama, was termed arson by the Kansas deputy fire marshal. Also ruled as arson was the fire at the Avalon Apartments, 901 Avalon Road, which had occurred less than a week earlier [see OHT for August 13, 1970].

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