Archive for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Staff directed to move ahead on business park plans for former Farmland Industries

August 17, 2011


Commissioners directed staff to move ahead on planning a pair of new roads to serve the former Farmland Industries site along Kansas Highway 10 on the eastern edge of Lawrence.

Commissioners agreed to seek proposals from consultants that could help the city develop a master plan for the approximately 450-acre site that the city plans to convert into a business park. The plans would include details on adding a traffic signal at the 23rd and O’Connell intersection, building a new north-south road to run through the Farmland property and building a new east-west road that would connect the Farmland site with the adjacent East Hills Business Park. Commissioners also said they wanted to consider an eventual extension of 19th Street to provide another entrance to the Farmland property.

Commissioners also directed staff to consider working with consultants that could help develop the property as a “green energy business park.” The concept behind such a park is that alternative energy actually would be produced at the park to be used by businesses located in the park.

City Commissioner Mike Dever urged commissioners to consider the concept, saying it could provide the future park with a marketing advantage.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

Toxic Wasteland Happy Fun Place! Bring the kiddies!


Kate Rogge 2 years, 8 months ago

I thought the Farmland grounds were contaminated with chemical pollutants. Should we be building something there without looking into it a bit more?


oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 8 months ago

north south road, my idea sometime ago as well as the stoplight at O'connell, now let's see how long before Mayor Cramwell screws this up with allowing building permits for hundreds of apartments along the north south road.

Lawrence has never been able to build a road and use it soley for moving traffic, the city just loves to cram apartments and junk commercial along these streets and then the traffic becomes worse.

Mayor Cramwell will cram along with the other commisiones a plan that will be ill conceived.

Where is the big five story office building sitting atop the highest point at East Hills? Mayor Cramwell and mr amyx, get some vision and you might not have had the last firm move to johnson county. Lawrence is so slow in getting the cataracts removed from those at City Hall.


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