Oread street closure application ( .PDF )
Oread street closure map ( .PDF )
The owners of a new restaurant and bar complex near the Kansas University campus are looking to kick off a round of block parties during KU football game days this coming season.
They just need the city’s permission to use the public’s property.
Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will consider whether to approve a permit to allow owners of The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave., to close portions of 12th Street, Oread Avenue and Indiana Street for a series of block parties.
The first party would be Aug. 27, and then continue on each of the KU football team’s six home dates at nearby Memorial Stadium, beginning with North Dakota State on Sept. 4.
Events would be expected to continue until midnight, and include food sales, street vendors, live entertainment, carnival games, exhibits, inflatables and sales of alcoholic beverages.
“It’s a request that we have to consider as to whether we allow them to use the public right-of-way to hold a party,” said Mayor Mike Amyx, who expects to learn more about the request before Tuesday’s meeting. “We’ll take everything into consideration, especially the comments of owners of adjoining properties.”
Phil Harrison, who owns adjacent rental property, has objected to the request, writing to city officials that he and his tenants endure problems with activities associated with The Oread and its nightclubs.
“Our tenants have already suffered enough through the construction process when dust, construction debris, construction noise and unreasonable loss of access were experienced,” Harrison said. “Now, to put them through a series of drunken brawls going on until midnight on the public streets outside their residences is simply too much.”
Attempts to reach Nancy Longhurst, general manager for The Olivia Collection, which includes The Oread and the Eldridge Hotel downtown, were unsuccessful Friday.
The public portion of the commissioners’ meeting is expected to begin about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.