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Archive for Sunday, September 26, 2010

City commission agenda for September 28

Potential Horizon 2020 changes on the table

September 26, 2010

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Bottom line

City commissioners will consider the first step necessary in allowing a Lowe’s to build near the corner of Sixth Street and Folks Road.

Background

Commissioners are being asked to change a provision in Horizon 2020 that set forth how the area near Sixth and Folks is planned to develop. The change would allow for greater retail square footage to be place on the property, which is along Sixth Street and in front of Free State High School. Planning commissioners and planning staff members both have recommended denial of the change. The development group, though, has argued the greater retail square footage would help existing retailers that have developed around the Sixth and Wakarusa area. If the change is approved, the Lowe’s project still will need to win rezoning and development plan approvals in the future.

Other business

Recognition

• Proclaim Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, as Freemasonry Weekend.

Consent agenda

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the city clerk’s office.

• Bid and purchase items:

a) Award Bid No. B1028; Project UT0920CL - Clinton WTP Dust Collector Replacement to CAS Construction LLC, in the amount of $85,900, and authorize the city manager to execute a contract agreement.

b) Award bid for the DeVictor Park trail extension for the Parks and Recreation Department to RD Johnson for $39,499.81. The Sunflower Foundation is providing a $15,000 grant that will be used to reduce the city’s cost for this project.

c) Award bid for the comprehensive rehabilitation projects at 1616 East Glenn Drive to Schmidt Contracting Inc., for $19,760. Reject the bid for the comprehensive rehabilitation project at 1315 E. 21st St. because all bids exceed the program limit of $25,000.

d) Set a bid opening date of Oct. 26 for Bid No. B1053 - 2010 Sanitary Sewer Cured-In-Place-Pipe Rehabilitation Projects.

e) Authorize the city manager to execute an engineering services agreement in the amount of $37,000 with Black & Veatch for services related to Request for Proposals RFP R09020 for engineering services for project UT0909DS concrete watermain assessment.

f) Authorize the city manager to execute supplemental agreement No. 3 in the amount of $122,156 to the current engineering services agreement with BG Consultants for design and construction phase engineering for Phase II of Project UT0810DS watermain replacement program, Ninth Street from Vermont to Tennessee streets and Kentucky Street from 12th to 19th streets, and receive update memo regarding Department of Utilities water main condition assessment and replacement prioritization model.

g) Authorize mayor to sign supplemental agreement No. 2 with Wilson & Co. for the wetland delineation and survey for Project 18-CP7-507(S), 31st Street, Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road, street, storm sewer, water line improvements, in an amount not to exceed $15,750.

h) Approve change order in the amount of $182,019 for additional street repair, road work and geometric improvements for Project PW1001, KLINK, 23rd Street, Haskell Avenue to the east city limits, milling, overlay, and pavement marking.

• Adopt the following ordinance(s) on second and final reading:

a) Ordinance No. 8496, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-2-1-09) to Chapter 14 — Specific Plans to approve and incorporate by reference the Oread Neighborhood Plan.

b) Ordinance No. 8568, for the rezoning of (Z-11-21-09, Z-11-22-09, Z-11-23-09, Z-11-24-09, Z-11-27-09) .13 acres located at 502 W. 14th St., .05 acres located at 414 W. 14th St., .09 acres located at 1346 Ohio, .13 acres located at 1340-1342 Ohio, and .13 acres located at 507 W. 14th St., from RM32 (Multi-Dwelling Residential) to MU (Mixed Use).

c) Ordinance No. 8573 and Ordinance No. 8574 allowing for Special Use Permits for a bar or lounge use (Z-11-24-09 & Z-11-27-09) at 1340-1342 Ohio, and 507 W. 14th St. upon rezoning to the MU District.

• Adopt Resolution No. 6907, setting a public hearing date of Nov. 16 to review the condition of the dilapidated structures at 1200 Pa. and to consider declaring the structures unsafe and ordering the repair or removal within a specified period of time.

• Approve Rezoning, Z-5-7-10, of approximately 3.113 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to CO (Office Commercial), located at the northeast corner of West Sixth Street and Stoneridge Drive. Submitted by Olsson Associates for Pear Tree Village L.P., property owner of record. Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8569, for the rezoning (Z-5-7-10) of approximately 3.1 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to CO (Office Commercial), located at the northeast corner of West Sixth Street and Stoneridge Drive.

• Approve Rezoning, Z-5-9-10, of approximately 34.5 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential), located north of West Sixth Street between Stoneridge Drive and Queens Road. Submitted by Olsson Associates for Pear Tree Village L.P., property owner of record. Adopt on first reading Ordinance No. 8570, for the Rezoning (Z-5-9-10) approximately 34.5 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential), located north of West Sixth Street between Stoneridge Drive and Queens Road.

• Authorize distribution of request for proposals for demolition services for the former Farmland Industries Plant, Project PW1015, Farmland Transitional Services.

• Authorize staff to negotiate an engineering services agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants for Design and Construction Phase Engineering Services for Project UT1003CS, 23rd Street Bridge Replacement Utilities Relocation.

• Approve an amended temporary use of public right-of-way permit for the closure of the 600 block of Massachusetts Street from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 9, for the Bert Nash Dash and Bash, and for the use of city streets for 5K and 10K races.

• Approve request from Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association to tie pink ribbons around lampposts on Massachusetts Street (between Sixth and 11th streets) and Clinton Parkway (between Iowa and Kasold) from Oct. 3 to Nov. 1 to raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Month.

• Authorize the city manager to provide written notice to Rural Water District No. 6 of the city’s intent to annex approximately 51 acres of land owned by Venture Properties Inc. located south of Farmers’ Turnpike, along with the city’s plan for the provision of water service to the land being annexed.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Conduct a public hearing regarding a distance limitation waiver request for the KU Pep Rally event on Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street. Consider finding that the proximity of the temporary event and alcohol sales are not adverse to the public welfare or safety; consider granting a distance limitation waiver; and consider adopting on first reading Ordinance No. 8578, allowing the temporary possession and consumption of alcoholic liquor on the public right-of-way during the event.

• Consider adopting the following ordinances on first reading regarding franchise transfers:

a) Ordinance No. 8575, consenting to the transfer of the telecommunication franchise from WorldNet LLC to The World Company.

b) Ordinance No. 8576, consenting to the transfer of the telecommunication franchise from The World Company to Knology.

c) Ordinance No. 8577, consenting to the transfer of the cable franchise from The World Company to Knology.

• Receive update on the status of city code compliance efforts at 1313 Haskell.

• Consider Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-5-6-10, to Horizon 2020, including the Sixth and Wakarusa Area Plan, to change the designated land use from residential/office to commercial for a portion of the Bauer Farm Development located along Sixth Street between Folks Road and Champion Lane. (PC Item 3; denied 8-2 on Aug. 23).

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 2 months ago

"City commissioners will consider the first step necessary in allowing a Lowe’s to build near the corner of Sixth Street and Folks Road."

Time for them to get out their rubberstamp.

Keith 4 years, 2 months ago

The skids are greased, maybe some palms, time to let Lowe's charge 1% more for everything they sell. Hope Home Depot can find a way to point that out in their ads.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey Lowe's go buy out Home Depot because you Lowe's are getting duped.

Save yourselves and lawrence taxpayers some money.

If those developers are telling you Lowe's there is plenty of business in Lawrence,Kansas Lowe's is getting duped.

Lot's of empty roof tops in this town and limited number of retail dollars.

Sprawl Costs all of US http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/report00/intro.asp

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By Kim McClure

July 24, 2009

To the editor:

The July 14 editorial asks, “What’s downtown going to look like five, 10 or 15 years from now?” The answer can be known, and the picture is not pretty.

Lawrence has enough spending to support about 4.1 million square feet of retail space, but the City Commission permitted developers to expand the supply to over 5.5 million square feet.

Lawrence has too much retail space chasing too few vendors, which means that many stores go empty, especially in the older shopping centers like downtown.

The surplus development has stalled redevelopment plans downtown and has pushed the vacancy rates so high that disinvestment and blight now threaten. Investment, both public and private, is wasted. The taxpayers’ $8 million parking garage stands largely empty. The Hobbs-Taylor building and the 600 block of Massachusetts should be the top performing spaces in the community, but they have significant vacancies.

The recession has contributed to the problem, but had we properly managed our growth we would be much better off.

The developers’ short-term gain is now our long-term loss. Managed growth would have prevented much of the problem and would have protected and enhanced our downtown.

It will take many, many years to absorb this surplus space and, until this happens, it will be hard for downtown to compete. We can only look forward to many years of high vacancy and disinvestment. We need a City Commission that knows how to pace the growth of supply so as to protect our unique downtown.

McClure is from Lawrence

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/jul/24/retail-space/?letters_to_editor

independent_rebel 4 years, 2 months ago

Lowe's has nothing to do with downtown.

Besides, the Brad Wesley-like developers who want Lowe's to develop own most of the vacant retail space downtown. The McClures argument fails on another major point. Kim and Kirk always talk about the square footage of vacant space around Lawrence, and will then compare that amount to the amount of square footage these large box stores want to develop. Sorry, but most of the vacant buildings are vacant buildings with small square footage in strip malls and in downtown. Apples to oranges.

Hey, I'm no great supporter of the McClures or Comptons of Lawrence, but let's bring in relevant facts and not the cut and paste.

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