Archive for Monday, July 19, 2010

Renewed opportunity

Hopefully, the sale of property in northwest Douglas County will get plans to build a new warehouse there back on track.

July 19, 2010


Community leaders should be pleased that Thursday’s auction of property near the Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton interchange appears to have opened new opportunities to move forward on negotiations for a new Berry Plastics warehouse on the site.

The new owners of the property, Russell and Penny Tuckel, didn’t reveal specific plans after the auction but issued a written statement saying they were confident that “all involved will keep the best interests of the city of Lawrence and Douglas County residents at heart.”

The Tuckels’ statement was somewhat cryptic, but neighbors who had filed two lawsuits concerning zoning and annexation of the property saw the change in ownership as a positive sign. They say they would welcome the 600,000-square-foot Berry warehouse at the location if the property is rezoned to a lesser industrial category and proper screening is required.

Mayor Mike Amyx said he planned to meet with all the parties involved to try to keep the Berry project on track. Berry Plastics, which began as Packer Plastics, has been a good corporate citizen of Lawrence for many years. It certainly is in the community’s interest to help the company work out a deal to locate their new warehouse in Lawrence.


Richard Heckler 7 years, 6 months ago

Since when do Lawrence Kansas Taxpayers have money to spare for additional new infrastructure considering Lawrence,Kansas seemingly cannot meet its' current obligations?

Those neglected obligations are spread throughout just about anywhere east of Mass Street. These neighborhoods have been contributing tax dollars for at least 60 - 150 years.

Explain this to the taxpayers please.

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

Let's see. There's not enough tillable farm land left in the U.S. to feed our country, yet here we are in Lawrence, KS extolling the virtues of a new factory on the Tuckels land when there is already other industrial land available. Will someone please give me a logical explanation for this?

Landan 7 years, 6 months ago

I am glad that this project is going forth. Any time jobs can be created we all need to be behind it. When Mr Stewart III was working on a nice neighborhood with a school and shops, the band in Lecompton saw to it that it would go nowhere by stalling him until he had to give up. Another Lecompton band tried to get rid of this venture. Believe it or not folks we need the tax base that only business can bring. I don't think there is enough tax base in pastures or historical sites. If you keep it up we will all be homeless on the prairie.

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