Archive for Thursday, March 25, 2010

Owners begin to tear down Boardwalk Apartments, make way for new complex

One building was site of deadly 2005 fire

Workmen for King’s Construction of Oskaloosa demolish the former Boardwalk Apartments complex Thursday at 524 Frontier Road. All nine of the 1960s-era buildings will come down to make way for a $10 million apartment project.

Workmen for King’s Construction of Oskaloosa demolish the former Boardwalk Apartments complex Thursday at 524 Frontier Road. All nine of the 1960s-era buildings will come down to make way for a $10 million apartment project.

March 25, 2010


Crews demolish Boardwalk Apartments

Construction crews worked at demolishing the Boardwalk Apartments on Thursday afternoon, to make way for a new apartment complex. Enlarge video

Boardwalk Apartments demolished for luxury apartments

The apartment complex where a deadly fire happened in 2005 is being torn down to make way for a new luxury apartment complex featuring elevators. Enlarge video

Boardwalk Apartments

The end has come for a northwest Lawrence apartment complex that was the scene of a deadly 2005 fire.

Crews on Thursday were working to demolish the former Boardwalk Apartments complex, 524 Frontier Road, to make way for a $10 million apartment project.

“It has to be one of the older apartment complexes in Lawrence, so it is just good to get it on the ground and move onto something much better,” said Paul Werner, a Lawrence-based architect who is leading the development.

All nine of the 1960s-era buildings at the site will come down. Five buildings will be built as part of a first phase. A second phase could include another six buildings.

Werner said the buildings are being designed to be energy efficient, and plans call for them to meet LEED energy efficiency standards by using high-grade insulation and high-efficiency appliances. The complex also will be unusual in that all the buildings — which will be three stories — will be served by elevators.

Construction on the new complex — which will have 39 fewer units than Boardwalk — is expected to begin in mid-May. The project likely will take about 10 months to complete.

Owners of the Boardwalk complex last year announced to residents that they would need to find new living arrangements as their leases expired. The announcement came shortly after the Boardwalk owners settled a $12 million lawsuit with victims of the 2005 fire.


bigdave 8 years ago

Start on redbud next please!!!!!!!

sad_lawrencian 8 years ago

bigdave: I live on Redbud and your remark is insulting. Our landlords (a new management company) have announced updates and projects like new painting and landscaping. This street has improved exponentially in the 2+ years I've lived here. You should remember that real people live on this street and these are our homes. A little sensitivity to those of us who live here would be appreciated. We (for the most part) are responsible tenants who take care of our surroundings. Redbud may not be the best street in Lawrence, but this is where we live. We would lose our homes if they were torn down.

Ward 8 years ago

What's the condition of the apartments still standing? If they are usable, how does the demolition and rebuild (by the same owner group?) equate to energy savings (embodied energy?) and energy savings in the new construction?

LJW, If this is a worthy news story, please explain how the energy efficiency is obtained and how it compares to the current use on the site and/or other Lawrence apartments. Insulation and appliances do not necessarily = LEED or energy savings.

imastinker 8 years ago

Ward - nobody cares about energy consumption. They have to tear them down or they will be liable for another lawsuit.

Bill Lee 8 years ago

Boardwalk was home for more than a decade. I miss it.

gccs14r 8 years ago

We're not talking about brownstones here. There's not a lot of construction or materials energy tied up in these buildings. The new buildings will probably pay for themselves in less than ten years just from the energy savings.

Joel Hood 8 years ago

I lived there for a little over 3 years between 1985-88. It was Jayhawk West back then & each unit had sliding glass doors. They would freeze over each winter (good times...) I know there was some renovation about 20 years ago (replacing the glass doors...) that must have helped some, but the cheap design of the building - paper thin walls, etc. - was never energy efficient. But, they fixed the outdoor pool and for a while in the 1990's it looked like a bit better place to live on the cheap than it was during the 1980's.

gccs14r 8 years ago

Better materials and engineering. Libraries have to hold a lot more weight and have fewer supports to do it with.

BruceWayne 8 years ago

THANK GOD! this town needs more apartments!

TacoBob 8 years ago

Lived there for a year in the '70's. Those sliding glass doors were awful. When the wind blew hard, the carpet would bubble. Had to keep the stove on so the mice wouldn't freeze.

Sharon Aikins 8 years ago

Technically, this won't be a "new" complex since they will be replacing an existing one. Let's just hope they don't get greedy like all the other apartment builders around and actually build apartments that do have some energy efficiency and noise reduction.

Blunt 8 years ago

And here is our know it all expert in words redmoonrising. Yes it will be a new one. You are such an idiot and a name caller. Greedy? wow. You are the know all, end all, be all. and you will never see this, will you. what a waste.

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