Archive for Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Oread street closure plan deferred

The original request submitted by the Oread Hotel wanted to close several streets for block parties during football season, but the hotel has revised its request and says it can find a way to hold the parties closing fewer streets.

July 7, 2010


Don’t plan on an Oread street party just yet.

City commissioners on Tuesday balked at a proposal by the Oread hotel to close a host of streets for street parties that would take place on each Kansas University home football gameday.

Leaders with the Oread told commissioners they think they can keep the majority of the streets near 12th Street and Oread Avenue open to traffic during the street party. Partygoers would be confined to sidewalk and parking areas, and not be allowed in the actual lane of traffic, organizers said.

But commissioners deferred the item, saying they needed more details about the proposed street parties, which would include live music and alcohol sales.

Commissioners heard from several neighbors and one area bar owner who expressed concerns about the Oread idea.

Commissioners did not set a date to hear the proposal again.


nekansan 7 years, 9 months ago

IF this happens the permits for street parties and beer sales needs to be a competitive bid rather than a gift to the Oread. There is no reason they should have a special right to hosting for profit block parties near the KU campus.

d_prowess 7 years, 9 months ago

I am not a regular patron of The Wheel, but if the Oread gets approval for this, I will support efforts by someplace like The Wheel to do the same.

Tammy Copp-Barta 7 years, 9 months ago

And who is going to pay for extra law enforcement to "babysit" these street parties? I'm SURE it's not the OREAD or KU - I'm sure it the taxpayers who are already strained!!!!

One week we hear about neighborhoods complaining about lights to bright at the new football stadium at LHS and this week they want to take over neighborhoods with noise, trash and possible property damage .. sometimes I think there are no brains in this town where they are needed most .. at least it was deferred .. where is the neighborhood association for Old West Lawrence on this one????

parrothead8 7 years, 9 months ago

"Partygoers would be confined to sidewalk and parking areas, and not be allowed in the actual lane of traffic, organizers said."

Riiiiiight. Somehow they're going to keep a bunch of drunk people on the sidewalks. Besides, they know cars will avoid this area if there is a block party going on, so they won't have to enforce this part of the "plan." This "plan" will do nothing but kill the postgame business for downtown.

buffalo63 7 years, 9 months ago

"The Plan" is to have private security help keep the alcohol from leaving the "area". Having worked security myself and with how many people view enforcement today (private or police) as not applicable to them - just everyone else, good luck with that!!!

Jaylee 7 years, 9 months ago

Bunch of fat-pocketed yahoos that don't care about the REAL Lawrence, which includes all kinds. If Fritz'n'Comps had their way, the whole town would be Oreads towering in all their phallic, piss-on-what-was majesty.

Well, I say piss on the Oread.

Whatever powers created the "floods", I shall call them, and accidents during construction were about the only right done in that place since 4am when the doors were locked after the Yello Sub party.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Then Oread will never be able to control drinkers and/or drivers. That is nonsense.

Do the community and the neighborhood residents a favor. Just Say No!

Do the police not have enough to do?

Curtis Martell 7 years, 9 months ago

I say go for it. Street parties are a lot of fun.

kujayhawk7476 7 years, 9 months ago

Same old Lawrence, Kansas and it's complaining citizens when someone wants to make a dollar or have some fun or when KU wants something to further itself. Without KU's athletics and academics, Lawrence would have dried up and blown away many years ago. I can't tell you how happy I am to have moved out of your loser city and only visit on game days!

Tammy Copp-Barta 7 years, 9 months ago

kujawyhawk7476 .. and we're glad you're gone. Cause it's people like that like and vote for these things then leave Lawrence and leave the rest of us to take care of and clean up your messes!

missourian 7 years, 9 months ago

Some of the most obnoxious partiers in my estimation have been alumni. Student parties can definitely get out of hand, but the presence of underage kids often keeps things from going too far over the line. Take away the underage kids and lack of money, and you have a bunch of entitlement mentality middle aged d-bags getting sloshed in front of the Oread, cutting off several major intersections in the process, and probably causing property damage, starting fights, acting like morons etc. These misbehaving adults have always rubbed me a lot more wrong than the drunk 20 year olds.

That said, it's mostly the game day part of the plan that bugs me. Games are disruptive enough - there is a whole period where campus is blocked off after games - now this would be before games too? I think as long as the parties are not on game days, Oread should be allowed to apply for and purchase a permit for the block party - including the cost of additional police service to the area.

Ryan Gerstner 7 years, 9 months ago

Definitely a great idea. The more events to attract people in and around the stadium, the better. KU should be shooting to get a minimum of 75,000 people in town for every home game. They need to build up gameday on the Hill and even the Oread is a good spot. Glad to see someone is thinking big. Texas gets 150,000 people in tailgating to fill a 100k stadium. We can grow our football fanbase too and the bigger an event gameday is, the better.

cummingshawk 7 years, 9 months ago

The following is pure fantasy and conjecture,......

Dear Lawrence, Don't you want to check those blueprints a little closer? See, right after we told your bozos, err that is to say your fine planning staff and overseers, about the 200 foot phone towers it says that The Oread will have exclusive rights to all streets and alleys within a 1/2 mile of The Cave on any gameday we choose. All the city commission can do now is shrug their weary shoulders and admit this item slipped their notice, reckon we can have all the street parties we want now. Oh, btw, trash pickup will be up to the city and KU so our profits will continue to stream to our fine shareholders. That's all, move along now, nothing to see except the citizenry being treated like the riff-raff they are and further trampled into the muck and mire Sincerely, The Award Winning Mgt team!!!

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