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Lawrence City Commission postpones decision to convert parking lot in 1000 block of Vermont

April 20, 2011


The Lawrence City Commission has deferred a request to convert the city-owned, two-hour parking lot in the 1000 block of Vermont Street into a 10-hour, metered lot in order to accommodate a proposed office development for Treanor Architects.

The decision happened during the commission's Tuesday night meeting.

Commissioners said they wanted to give nearby property owners more time to consider the changes.


David Holroyd 7 years, 2 months ago

What is there to consider? The fact is, a $195 parking permit allows someone to pay the equivalent of 10centsan hour based on a 40 hour work week.

If Cromwell approves this and moves it forward, it only shows again that the merchants and their employees downtown subsidized more than even the Lawrence Housing Authority.

Another reason to not shop downtown and let the vacant buildings climb to 22 and higher.

City Commission members have not a clue about running parking. The merchants have become like a welfare community downtown. Landscaping, free parking, pennies on the dollar for permits.

Downtown is nothing special now and later will become even less special.

he_who_knows_all 7 years, 2 months ago

$195.00 will be more than what it costs to park there now since it's a free two hour lot. That lot is never full during the day now anyways.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Treanor's powerful lobbyist, Ben Dover, will not be happy.

These neighboring businesses need to act like our city commission and school board and gladly do whatever Ben Dover tells them to do.

jhawkinsf 7 years, 2 months ago

I'll quickly mention this again, as I mentioned it yesterday in a related thread. Because the lot will still be on a first come, first serve basis, we should assume that there will be times when a permit holder will find a full lot. They will be forced to park elsewhere. They will be paying for a spot that someone else is in, and also paying for. I agree that it's still a sweet deal but just not as sweet as some of the number crunchers are suggesting.

Matthew Del Vecchio 7 years, 2 months ago

Treanor's firm is one of the best in the country and he wants to move it downtown this is a win for downtown and downtown merchants. That building is an eyesore now and the parking lot is never full during the day. The hippies complaining about changing the terms of parking in this lot are what's wrong with downtown. If they chase Treanor out I hope someone turns that building into another bar,....that's just what we need.

thefactsare 7 years, 2 months ago

The current cost of a full-year permit is $192 so Treanor isn't getting any "deal" on the cost of parking.

pizzapete 7 years, 2 months ago

An architecture firm will not be bringing more shoppers downtown nor will they be adding to sales tax collections. I say let them stay where they already are if they can't provide their own parking at this location.

jhawkinsf 7 years, 2 months ago

Telling them to stay where they are might sound good, but one has to assume there is a reason they are looking to move. The possibility exists that if they can't move to downtown Lawrence, they might find downtown Topeka or downtown Kansas City more to their liking. Or they might explore other opportunities in Texas or California. We should not forget that if they stay where they are, what will likely happen to the building they plan to renovate. I don't see a dilapidated building attracting much shopping to downtown either.

Bob Forer 7 years, 2 months ago

The employees are more likely to eat lunch out with the wide variety of restaurants in close proximity offered by a downtown lcoation. Albeit small, their anticipated move downtown will add to the sales tax base and increase business for downtown restaurants.

I do have a problem with the low cost of a parking permit. $50 per month sounds more reasonable and closer to "market value."

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