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City OKs tailgating at Oread hotel

In a 3-2 vote, the city commission decided to allow the hotel to close portions of the street three hours before and an hour after football games.

July 21, 2010

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The party plan is now in place.

City commissioners Tuesday night narrowly approved a plan for The Oread hotel to use portions of city right-of-way for tailgate parties before and after each home Kansas University football game.

“It is a new idea, a new concept that we ought to give a try,” City Commissioner Lance Johnson said as commissioners approved the request on a 3-2 vote.

Details of the tailgate parties include:

• Events would begin three hours before game time and conclude one hour after the end of each game.

• 12th Street in front of the hotel would remain open but lanes would be narrowed as the party will be allowed to extend onto the street. A temporary fence will be installed to separate pedestrians and traffic.

• Oread Avenue will be open, but the event will fill the parallel parking spaces along Oread between 12th Street and the entrance to the KU parking garage. Kid zone activities will be located in that area. Temporary fencing will be installed between the games and the street.

• The Oread’s liquor license temporarily will be expanded to the public right-of-way adjacent to the hotel along 12th and Indiana streets. Alcohol won’t be allowed along the Oread right-of-way.

Now commissioners will wait to see whether they’ve opened a Pandora’s party box. Commissioners heard from area bar owner Rob Farha, who predicted other bars in the area would want to use public sidewalks or streets to sell alcohol on busy game days. Farha, who owns The Wheel near 14th and Ohio streets, said he could envision the bars near that intersection requesting right-of-way access in the future.

“I think The Oread’s idea is great as long as the alcohol sales stay on their property,” Farha said. “Otherwise you’re setting a precedent for everyone wanting to use their sidewalks to sell something on game days.”

Two commissioners also expressed safety concerns about the proposal. Mayor Mike Amyx and Commissioner Rob Chestnut said they were concerned about the proximity of cars to pedestrians gathering near the hotel.

As part of the proposal, commissioners also approved a separate Fall Sports Kickoff Event that will be Aug. 27. That event will involve closing both 12th Street and Oread Avenue from about 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a marching band parade.

In an event unrelated to the Oread, commissioners also approved a downtown party that will close a portion of Eighth Street on Aug. 15. The Sandbar received permission to close Eight Street from noon until 1 a.m. for a birthday party for the bar. The event will allow patrons of the bar to consume alcoholic beverages on the city right-of-way along Eighth Street.

Comments

benfongturez 3 years, 9 months ago

I am a KU student who has leased a house a block from the hotel on Mississippi street. Ever since it opened that intersection is useless as a route to campus. My collegiate career I ran up Indiana to park at the top level of the garage and hopefully make my 8AM on time. The traffic there, the crazy drunk Jimmy John's drivers (my bipolar crazy roommate is one at the Oread, and many of them stop at our house to take shots while they drive deliveries, then park in front of rental property, where those spots were promised to the tenants, yes we can tow them but not without our landlords approval, it is an ordeal... thanks Oread!!!) the drunks walking to and from there, and the rich kids driving their huge ass cars out of the parking lot not looking have almost killed me while I walk my dog in the cool evening dusk multiple times. I guess the hotel destroyed so much campus history, the felt they should start a new tradition of their own. P.S. Gage management owns many of the neighboring properties, and mine, and they really could care less about their condition or potential damage as long as there is someone else liable (the city). They just like that monthly paycheck and proximity to campus guarantees they will be occupied. Why has the city never cracked down on the conditions of the houses us students get suckered into over there, I watched one burn from shotty wiring a month ago. "This will all be taken care of by the time you move in..... unless you have that in writing, management has no obligation to fulfill an unauthorized oral agreement." Seriously Lawrence, let us serious students GET to school during the week (or home from work on Saturday afternoons), inspect campus rental properties, and take my parking space back from the drunk jimmy john's driver... Thank you. Better yet, put a DUI checkpoint on both sides of the hotel, one right next to the parking garage, and test my theory, the hotel employees alone will make the city a thousand dollars in citations within minutes.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (anonymous) replies…

"Regardless, the city commission has put themselves in the position of having to approve any "block party" proposal that comes before them. That is not a "commercial" area, even though the hotel dominates that intersection, and traffic flow in that area is always difficult, unlike the downtown area, whose grid layout allows traffic to flow even a few blocks are blocked off or otherwise restricted."

Exactly aka the bottom line!

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Machiavelli_mania 3 years, 9 months ago

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onceinawhile 3 years, 9 months ago

The Kansan is reporting (http://www.kansan.com/news/2010/jul/20/oread-allowed-temporary-permit-tailgating/?news) that the tailgate proposal is only in effect for the first game, then the Oread Hotel will need to be approved for the rest of the games based on how the first tailgate goes. Anyone know what's up with the discrepancy in these stories? Who is right?

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lawrencenerd 3 years, 9 months ago

Awesome. More people who feel they have a right to drunkenly trash my neighborhood. I can't believe the city encourages this crap.

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ralphralph 3 years, 9 months ago

What's stupid is wanting to "host" an event, and then use PUBLIC STREETS as the venue. If these people wanted to "host"events like this, they should have bought enough land to do so.

Streets are PUBLIC property, not an extension of your Freaking Hotel!

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thebcman 3 years, 9 months ago

Oread Avenue will be open, but the event will fill the parallel parking spaces along Oread between 12th Street and the entrance to the KU parking garage. Kid zone activities will be located in that area. Temporary fencing will be installed between the games and the street.

Is this "temporary fencing" going to be strong enough to prevent the drunks from running over the kids in this area? Very much doubt it. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

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tange 3 years, 9 months ago

" If tailgating is permitted, then people are gonna get hooked. Next thing, ya know.... tailhook... and too late to close the gate."

... er.... never mind.

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merg311 3 years, 9 months ago

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

How about bungy jumping down the hill. There is a nice level spot not far.

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Nonchambercrat 3 years, 9 months ago

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Be sure to check out the Fortune Teller booth not far from the hotel. Gaze into the crystal ball and find your fortune for the day. It will be about $3 or $4 .

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swampyankee 3 years, 9 months ago

I hope they let all stars and Johnnys use a lane of north 2nd street too. What street are they selling stolen tickets on ?

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Machiavelli_mania 3 years, 9 months ago

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Andini 3 years, 9 months ago

Nobody likes to tailgate. Nobody....

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sherlock 3 years, 9 months ago

why not just close down Lawrence during any sports games? After all they are more important than anything else! So what if you dont give a "fig" for going to the games. They make money so we must let them do what they want, especially the bars. Let one have the street then why not all of them here in town? Oh yeah that might pull some of the drinkers from the Oread, right? Would water down the crowd! But right now seems anyone up on the "hill" can ask for anything and its granted. Outdoor privies in back yards, open drinking in public and so it goes. Wild west Lawrence, just as back in the early old western movies where the bars never closed!!!!

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red_devil 3 years, 9 months ago

BTW, as someone who actually attends football games, I think it's a great idea. Nothing wrong with trying it. What are you all gonna do when they start shooting fireworks off the Oread when KU scores a touchdown?? Lol...it has been discussed!

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Machiavelli_mania 3 years, 9 months ago

"What a pathetic bunch of whiners."

red, insultiing is a hallmark of alcoholism.

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red_devil 3 years, 9 months ago

You all realize you are the loudmouth minority in the city, right?? I mean not matter what the story is, the exact same people are always on here spouting off about what a bad idea something is, or you become professionals regarding every subject. I'd bet this will have absolutely no effect on 90% of you. What a pathetic bunch of whiners.

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ToriFreak13 3 years, 9 months ago

As stupid the idea might be...it will flop anyway. Who the H wants to "tailgate" that far away from the stadium?..and have to pay for it? There are plenty of tailgates and tents down by the stadium with freeeeee food and booze. Let them waste their dough on fences and live entertainment. Just make sure they are pulling down those fences 1 hour after the game please.

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Danimal 3 years, 9 months ago

I think if the Oread wanted to hold public human sacrifices on 12th Street the city would approve it. Seriously, these folks get whatever they want in this town.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey read the 100 years ago column.Couldn't we have something like that on game days?

And what about the Masonic Temple bit too?

What will the 100 years ago column in 2110 read about the Oread Inn tailgate parties?

AS for the use of the parking spaces, the hotel should be required (too late now!) to pay at least $50 each space,there are about 13 spaces total, that would be $750 per game or at least $350 for the west side of the area on Oread .

The money can go to the Wilbur relocation fund. Deposit the money at Sunflower bank, they might like to get in on the action at the hotel. Wilbur got his money out of the bank, so now they need more.

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Newell_Post 3 years, 9 months ago

How much is the Oread Hotel paying the city for the additional police protection and use of public property? Nothing, I'll bet.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

All the neighbors were concerned about was the closing of city streets. AS for the sidewalks,that is questionable but downtown lawrence has though blocked every day with outdoor dining and drinking and the annual sidwalk sale.

The problem with the hotel, now ,before and later is that is so poorly designed inside to every accomodate much of anything of size and the idea of a bunch of bars in a dank parking garage isn't very appealing. The Biltmore it is not. The Raphael it is not. The former Alameda Plaza it is not. In fact, the Eldridge downtown has a much better layout in the lobby than the Oread. Someone got duped on the design and the investors of the condos, got duped as well.

Wilbur is sitting back and waiting to get the inside skinny on some banks that are nervouss.

The hotel might want to partner with wilbur for the One Eyed Wilbur Hot Dog stand. It would make more money than selling ice cream cones in the lobby. At least at Montana Mikes the cone is free.

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JackRipper 3 years, 9 months ago

New found freedom, gosh who knew the persecution faced by the multimillionaires who built it. I guess for those obsessed with football as the way to add any value to their life they are easily impressionable.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Wilbur isgoing to get free food. And when that block that "not_holroyd' is fixated on, is gone, wilbur will be even richer when the area north of the stadium goes next. Fritzels don't have enough money to buy wilbur or anyone else. And property ownership of over 50 years is hardly "speculation".

wilbur and others in town have taken lessons from the best in town, who now own property in belize, florida, scottsdale, avon , co palm springs,

Free food is on the way at the hotel tailgate parties. Parking goes up around the stadium.

not_holroyd ,you should have been more astute in your investments.. You sure are fixated on the 1200 block. you too don't have enough money, jealous? don't fret, just wait , the county and city and school district are about to raise your taxes. That property in the 1200 block is cheap compared to what the next go around will be. What makes"not_holroyd" think the property is even for sale?

"others' you say, and who might that be? maybe you should buy these properties you are so fixated on, and you can "hold out" as you claim others are doing. I doubt anyone is holding out for anything. The fact is, there is no one in Lawrence rich enough to buy diddly squat around the hotel or it would have happened.

You want to make money in Lawrence? Start buying up every house north of the stadum,. nothingbut a bunch of cracker jack bungalows and talk about retail and bars and apartments,couldn't be a better place.

No one pays for TIF unless they go to the hotel.

Shout-Rich! Shout-Margarita Island!

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mustbhiorlo 3 years, 9 months ago

how can this be? it's against the law to tailgate, everybody who drives should know this.

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VinoVeritas 3 years, 9 months ago

First of all, using the opinions of LJworld.com followers as a barometer for of general public opinion is completely inaccurate. Secondly, why does this move surprise all of you guys so much? We live in the United States, where even the slightest legislative decision is politically driven. Okay, so the commission has made a decision you disagree with, You feel it is unfair. Great, now find out who voted in favor of this and don't vote for them again. Congrats, you are now part of the democratic process.

As far as this setting a "dangerous precedent," no other bars are in such close proximity to the stadium. No other bar has the arena for tailgating this close to the stadium. No other bar has the financial means or manpower to clean up after a day of tailgating shenanigans.

I refuse to believe any of you complaining about the "increased traffic" and "excessive drinking" have ever been to a KU football game. The entire surrounding area is a big party with a TON of excessive drinking. Now, for the first season ever, there is a large business wanting to take some financial gain from this. Do you really think a bunch of college kids are going to run to a hotel, rack up a $80 tab binge drinking, and then puke all over your kids faces en route to the game? Because that's what it sounds like you're worried about.

Until we have seen this in action, there is nothing we can do or should be worried about. People have just as much of a chance dying from alcohol-related activities in front of the hotel as they do playing beer pong in front of a house on 9th and Maine.

I'm excited for football season, and hopefully the Oread is responsible with this new-found freedom.

go hawks!

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 9 months ago

I still like the idea of closing 23rd & Iowa for a lemonade stand on game days. The pattern is set, and I don't see why anyone would object to trying something new.

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not_holroyd 3 years, 9 months ago

Ha ha ha. This is so funny.

One-eyed Wilbur wanted the Hotel built. He got what he wanted. Congrats, Wilbur. Shout Toyota!

Now he is all pissy that the Hotel did not buy his properties. So he can move to his second home permanently. Not rich enough yet Wilbur? Just hit your student tenants a bit harder.

He had all the rest of us pay for street improvements for the Oread through the TIF, and he now wants his personal street improved the same way. I hate it when developers like Wilbur get all the benefits, and then want more just for themselves. Greed, greed, greed.

I say close 1200 Louisiana and make it a permanent Oread porta-pottie district. After all, the Fritzels will want the entire street for their new University Retail District that Wilbur and others are holding out for. That project will make these little weekend drunk parties look like childs play.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

A 3-2 vote, will the Jouranl World provide the names of the yays and nays. But this is going to be fun. Free food and donkey rides and cotton candy, and the One Eyed Wilbur Hot Dog stand will finally come to fruition just in time for the Big Lew wienie and the one eyed wilbur dog. And all that parking around the stadium and nearby must be at least worth $50 a car.

Folks like to get money to leave town. The next flight to Margarita Island will be at the end of the football season. Time to invest now in Vail. The place is booming.

This can't get any better. The county, city and school district is raising property taxes and rents can go up and make people rich. Just raising everyone's rent in town 5% is enough if someone owns a thousand units.

Thank you commissioners for approving this and maybe the Olivia Collection could partner with the city and dump some asphalt around the neighborhood on some of the city streets.

I am sure the "family oriented" guests will just love to go back home and get front end alignments.

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knowyourfacts 3 years, 9 months ago

OK the Oread isn't technically on campus grounds but either is the Wheel or Hawk, but you can consider it campus. My argument is people need to stop complaining, these "drunk fests" as you claim they'll be have not even happened yet. So how can you claim property will just get destroyed? Parking is a disaster in that area even if the Oread doesn't have these parties so I dont buy your argument about the parking garage, thats what you should expect when 50000 plus people gather in one small area. I still don't get this fair play bs you are talking about? What isn't fair about this? The Oread is doing something to promote itself? They are letting the Sandbar have a party on a PUBLIC street, but you sure aren't complaining about that.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 9 months ago

This was originally posted before the Commission approved of the plan. Now that the plan is approved it looks like the Oread has started its advertising campaign: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/did_i_say_that/2010/jul/21/lhs-graduation-/#Party

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workinghard 3 years, 9 months ago

I suggest adjoining property owners take lots of pictures of their property before the kick-off party starts and take pictures of any damage or littering to protect themselves.

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MattressMan 3 years, 9 months ago

Come on Jack, tell us how you really feel.

You don't like the idea, don't go up there on game day

You don't like the decision of the commisioners, vote them out

Oh never mind, it's much more productive to whine about it on a newspaper website than to actually get your fellow citizens to go to the polls. Biggest problem with the whiners in this town is it seems they want to b*tch and moan on here and expect that to change things to their liking.

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JackRipper 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, funny your name has no relationship to what you say. No, it isn't on campus. Are you telling me these area don't already have enough game day celebrating, perhaps you aren't from around here. Again, what about parking, that is always a problem is the Oread going to open up the garage for free to anyone? You don't get it as most US Americans don't as they buy into the schemes of those who can push things through the commission while all bars in town and other other hotels during the rest of the year have to compete with an operation that gets preferential treatment. I guess Americans sense of fair play has gone down the tubes. Guess that is why equally hideous stuff done on Campanile Hill are allowed because we need it to fight the weekend intruders. And as much as you think people have an option to opt out you obviously don't understand how we are all tied to it.

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Chiliskate 3 years, 9 months ago

"and conclude one hour after each game"... good luck with that.. lol

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knowyourfacts 3 years, 9 months ago

How is this special treatment? Because the Oread was the first to ask to hold this thing? And isn't the Oread on campus? And isnt the Oread a business? I promise if any local restaurants were to ask to set up a booth at this tailgate party, the Oread wouldn't say no. They are trying to enhance the gameday experience at KU, and you obviously have some issue with that other than you dont think it's "fair", GMAFB. The roads could be blocked but you are one of the morons on here saying they shouldn't be. The issue is you just want to complain about something. If you dont like the party scene, thats fine, don't participate.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 9 months ago

Considering that the LJW's own poll showed that 3/4 of the votes were no on this subject, I would say this city commission likes to live dangerously.

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Chengdu808 3 years, 9 months ago

This article is vague as to the vote. Please tell us exactly who voted for and against. Were Chestnut and Amyx "no" votes, or did they just express "concerns" and then vote "yes"?

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knowyourfacts 3 years, 9 months ago

Who is trying to drive around a football stadium on gamedays? Shouldnt you expect the traffic to be heavy? And people living in that area should understand that goes with the territory of living on a major college campus on gameday..get over it. What would you think if Memorial Stadium held 75000 or 100000 people? I fail to see why this is a bad idea. First of all, the majority of people going to the Oread will not be college students as they cant afford 6 dollar beers. Some of you people will never be happy in this world...and i feel sorry for you

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hawkfan20 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, when did so many Lawrence residents get so uptight? They should be cheering for everything that will build up Gameday and make KU Football a bigger deal. UT gets 150,000 tailgating for a 100,000 seat stadium. You start drawing more people in town than what the stadium holds and all that extra tax revenue helps hold everyone's taxes down and better fund the city.

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Tandava 3 years, 9 months ago

This is not just a bad idea, it is terrible idea. Not only will it bother the surrounding neighbors and impede traffic, it will also be a nightmare for the police. If the Oread Hotel gets three citations in a 12-month period -- illegal hosting, public urination, whatever -- will the City determine it to be a "nuisance house"?

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JackRipper 3 years, 9 months ago

KRichards, don't you suppose some of us knew that when the game was over someone would have to pay for it? The developers, bankers, and those who said they could live in any size house and drive any size vehicle they wanted because they have credit to do so brought us to this and many of us knew we would all get to pay for their extravagance. Time to sober up, an other drunk fest isn't the answer, especially one the city is helping to put on.

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julz 3 years, 9 months ago

Aug. 15 is a Sunday, is that date right for the Sandbar event?

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Keith Richards 3 years, 9 months ago

I have to just laugh when most people on these boards are more concerned with the Oread's tailgating on the sidewalks, than the proposed 16% douglas county tax increase.

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irvan moore 3 years, 9 months ago

i think they realized the library memorial to the commisioners parking lot and expansion is in trouble so they replaced it with the public drunk fest and traffic jam memorial to the commissioners. we gotta be smarter than this.

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Jack you never disapoint me. Your logic twist and turns to meet your agenda so well! I just sit and laugh.

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JackRipper 3 years, 9 months ago

It is also interesting to me that the library expansion includes a three story garage that conveniently is near the Eldridge which lacks parking. Hmmm, wonder how that got included especially considering our other ugly parking garage sits pretty much empty.

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JackRipper 3 years, 9 months ago

The Sandbar is downtown, it is a business district, it is where you expect business to be done. The Oread imposed itself in a place where people live and use to have certain standards like respecting the church across the street by only allowing a bar to operate because it was grandfathered in. This place managed to have all that waved and is now primarily promoted as a major bar! In the same way we didn't need to hire someone for millions of dollars to auction off tickets for KU games, just someone who doesn't care what people think about him (and isn't that working out well!) there would have been a long line of Lawrence bars who would have gladly opened up a street saloon on public property but as you see only people with lots of money get to make lots of money in Lawrence.

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MattressMan 3 years, 9 months ago

" Will the Wheel be allowed to close 14th between Tennessee and Louisiana?"

The Oread isn't asking to close off an entire street but if the Wheel went through all of the proper channels they may allow it. Not much difference between this and the closing of 8th st. between Mass and NH on 8-14/15 for the Sandbar birthday party, this too was approved last night.

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Prepare for major whining. The libs did not dictate what the city commission could do! Oh my gosh!! Someone besides the squeaky wheel actually got something they wanted!! Will we ever recover?

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Oops I meant, how many times has eight th street been closed so the sand bar could have a street party?

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

How many times has the sandbar closed been part of eights street closing?

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bug167 3 years, 9 months ago

What next? Will the commission okay it if the Oread wants to let everyone tote guns to these tailgating parties as well? Taking their cue from the Texas legislature who are now allowing guns in the capital building and everyone's running to get that concealed weapon permit so...and yes this is actually why they want the gun and permit...they don't have to stand in line behind 300 school kids to get through the metal detectors!! Yeah, there's a fabulous idea!!! Let's have guns and booze and a kid zone!!! What an outstanding idea to bring in more money and publicity!! Let's just give The Oread whatever they want no matter how utterly ridiculous it may be! I'm sure there's a proposal for the Kid Zone to include a lawn dart toss and BB gun target shoot with empty beer bottles!! Or better yet, ARCHERY with real arrows! That'll be fun beyond imagining! And I'm sure it'll keep the little nippers out of their parents' hair long enough for some brews and brats. Might as well start 'em early! Give 'em a beer and send 'em off to play while their parents get hammered and then drive home after the game ends so they can get their kids to bed at a reasonable hour! Who cares if that bed happens to be in Lawrence Memorial Hospital? It just means more revenue for LMH, right? BRILLIANT PLAN CITY COMMISSIONERS!!! NOT!!!

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grammaddy 3 years, 9 months ago

It's all fun and games until someone gets seriously hurt. This is a disaster in the making. Shame on you City Commissioners.

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OonlyBonly 3 years, 9 months ago

IDIOTS! I can't believe they can justify this.

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awestruck 3 years, 9 months ago

Excuse me, but this is not tailgating. People have been tailgating for years, successfully, before the Oread. It is done at the stadium. This is selling alcohol outside to anyone (hopefully 21 or older) wanting to purchase it. In case no one has noticed, traffic is very heavy in this area on game day, and this will only exasperate the problem. The university, the city and the football team all seem to agree that alcohol is a problem, yet the city embraces this plan whose main premise is that alcohol be more readily available to everyone who can walk a block up the hill. School spirit seems to be OK on game days. The Oread is only promoting its own bottom line, and everyone seems so warm and fuzzy with all this. If other bars want equal and fair treatment, at least they won't impede traffic flow as badly at the stadium, and probably will have less volume than the Oread due to proximity to the stadium. Call it a street party, a block party, an open bar. But admit that it is just additional revenue for the chosen few and alcohol more readily available for everyone. Oooops, that doesn't sound too admirable. Why do they have carte blanche to do this on public property, which it will have to be since the Oread covers all the dirt it owns with building? Let the Oread host its own party, indoors, with their own restrooms. Do all the family activities in the lobby. It would be warm for the kiddies. I'm sure they would get a good response, and not negatively effect the neighborhood around the stadium. It would be a generous gesture; rather than just further taking -- they could give a little.

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kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I can't believe they actually okayed this. I would like to know which commissioners voted yes on this when it comes time to vote again.

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ljwanonymous 3 years, 9 months ago

Why is it that city council approves anything this developer asks for? Will the Wheel be allowed to close 14th between Tennessee and Louisiana? Sounds fair to me. Actually why not all the way up to Oread?

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Uhjh 3 years, 9 months ago

This is a terrible decision by the commissioners. This hotel has gotten too many concessions from the city (such height and cell towers) already. Oh I forgot this is Lawrence and some people are just special.

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cheeseburger 3 years, 9 months ago

Bad idea. And since a majority of the commissioner's aren't smart enough to figure it out, YES - you have opened Pandora's box! And true to form, they'll probably approve each and every request that comes their way.

Why does everything in this town seem to revolve around booze?

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