Archive for Friday, August 5, 2011

Town Talk: Latino convenience store set to open; city to publicly discuss SRS options; dirtwork for Sixth Street apartments begins

August 5, 2011


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News and notes from around town:

• Soon, you will be able to add to your South Iowa Street shopping list authentic tamales, fresh Mexican pastries, some ripe Chihuahua and a host of other Latino products. Lawrence businessman Lucio Soria is set to open Mi Tiendita in a space next to the gasoline station and liquor store that is adjacent to Best Buy at 31st and Iowa. Mi Tiendita (which I believe is Spanish for “my little store,” although my lack of Spanish language skills already have been documented) will have a variety of Latino food, leather and household products. Soria, who previously operated a similar store in Columbus, Ohio, said Lawrence’s Latino population is starting to grow, and he believes the store’s location along South Iowa Street will help him attract the non-Latino population as well. Soria intends to have fresh Mexican pastries and bread brought in daily from a bakery in Emporia, a selection of Mexican sausages, Mexican-made leather boots and jackets, phone cards (which he says are very popular in the Latino community), and perhaps even souvenirs such as authentic piñatas that are made from clay instead of paper maché. But what about these ripe Chihuahuas? No, no. Chihuahua in Mexico is more than a dog. It also is a state and a city, and, yes, a cheese. The store plans to have a selection of Mexican cheeses, including Queso Fresco, Queso Cotija, and Queso Chihuahua, which is a good melting cheese for quesadillas, I’m told. But still, I wouldn’t tell your gringo friends that you’re serving them Chihuahua. Mi Tiendita is expected to open by the end of the month. Its hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• It looks like the coming days will shed some light on what elected officials may try to do to keep the state’s SRS office in Lawrence. As we have been reporting, county commissioners and their attorneys have been meeting behind closed doors in executive sessions to discuss options for keeping the social service provider in Lawrence. Administrators, along with a handful of selected elected officials from the city, county and school district also have been meeting privately. But on Tuesday, city commissioners are scheduled to receive a public briefing of the various options under consideration. The item appears on the agenda for the city’s 6:35 p.m. meeting on Tuesday. But the agenda does not include any documents spelling out what options are under consideration. I guess we’ll just have to wait and hear the report.

• Motorists in West Lawrence may have noticed dirtwork underway near Sixth Street and Queens Road. That work is a sign of new apartments to come to the area. As we reported in April, a development group has filed plans for 300 apartment units to be built along that stretch of Sixth Street. According to plans I previously reviewed, the project would stretch from Stoneridge on the west to Queens on the east. Plans also call for some commercial/office development at the intersection of Stoneridge and Sixth. I believe the work you are seeing now is just for the apartments. Plans for the commercial part of the project haven’t been set yet. The type of commercial zoning present on the site, though, doesn’t allow for traditional retail type of development. Instead, it is more suited for banks, offices, and other professional service type of businesses — although some small neighborhood retail like a sandwich shop would be allowable. In the past, I haven’t had luck getting in touch with the out-of-town development group, but if that changes, I’ll report back more.


lunacydetector 6 years, 8 months ago

apartment developers rule supreme in this, off to one of our numerous corner banks to withdrawl some money for one of my trips to the legends.......see everyone from lawrence there.

kernal 6 years, 8 months ago

Who's the developer on this new apartment complex by Queens Rd?

alittlecurious 6 years, 8 months ago

Wasn't there supposed to be a golf course at 6th & Queens to be built as part of an apartment complex? Is this construction part of that development?

Chad Lawhorn 6 years, 8 months ago

No. That's a different development group. My understanding is that development would be farther north of this one. I think the golf/apartment project would be about a half-mile north of Sixth Street. As for whether that golf/apartment development is still going to happen, company officials down in Arkansas told me a few months ago that they're just waiting for the economy to improve. But they still own the ground. The last I wrote about it was in March.

Thanks, Chad Lawhorn Journal-World

MarcoPogo 6 years, 8 months ago

You make it sound like casinos and porn are bad.

lawslady 6 years, 8 months ago

SO happy about the store. Will definitely be checking it out! Bienvenida a nuevos amigos. Espero que bien tu tienda!

cobaltblue 6 years, 8 months ago

Anyone have a line on puffy tacos around the area?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

The more apartment dwellings in Lawrence the less net worth all other apartments retain = unfriendly to all rental property owners. Thank the Chamber and City Hall.

Tenants WELCOME to the flooded rental market of the century!

Obviously landlords are thinking new tenants are fools so I would say to all college tenants and any other tenants:

  1. Negotiate With Me because there are choices galore in Lawrence,Kansas aka the flooded rental market of the century with great deals to be had = no reason to ever pay top dollar for at least the next 20 years. Thank you developers,Chamber of Commerce, landlords and reckless city hall.

  2. No deposits thank you

  3. First 3 months free thank you

  4. Where is protection for my vehicle thank you?

  5. YOU landlord provide renters insurance coverage for all of my belongings thank you

  6. YOU landlord cough up my water deposit thank you

  7. YOU landlord cough up my electric deposit thank you

  8. YOU landlord provide internet/cable at no extra charge thank you

  9. YOU landlord will allow ME to cancel my lease at any time aka why is there any need to sign a 12 month lease? again thank you

  10. Shop Shop Shop Shop Shop around because there are better deals in the KCMO metro that which is loaded with culture and more potential for employment.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

"3. First 3 months free thank you" Are you out of your mind?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

If local taxpayers will be getting stuck for the SRS rental expenses there needs to be a method to divert federal tax dollar directly to Lawrence which covers 50% of rent.

Lawrence needs to discover a means in which to divert all of our tax dollar revenues back to Lawrence,kansas thus bypassing Topeka,kansas.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Now can anyone understand why the nations economy is such a disaster? Brownback was there.

Here's how Brownback and his pals wrecked the nations economy:

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls republicans are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. Republicans have much experience under their belts and they never quit sharing.

For openers...

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros.

  2. The Reagan/Bush Home Loan Fraud = Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion)

  3. Bush/Cheney Home Loan Fraud = Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney

  4. ONLY 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk for $700 billion of bail out money?

Plus tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

How many times have you posted this same drivel, merrill? 400 times? 600 times?

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 8 months ago

Lawrence does not need more apartments. This town is turning into a city of renters.

sad_lawrencian 6 years, 8 months ago

"I haven’t had luck getting in touch with the out-of-town development group."

That's another problem. These groups are always out of town, aren't they? Is anyone local actually developing Lawrence?

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