Letters to the Editor

Environs review

December 12, 2011


To the editor:

This concerns the historic district and environs review for the proposed hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. Cultural heritage and authenticity are some of the attributes of a historic neighborhood. The review standards for impacts upon a historic district/environs review include (text edited for brevity):

  1. The character of a historic property’s environs should be retained and preserved. Removal or alteration of distinctive buildings, structures, landscape features, spatial relationships that characterize the environs should be avoided.

  2. The environs of a property should be used as it has been historically or allow the inclusion of new uses that require minimal change to the environs’ distinctive materials, features and spatial relationships.

  3. The environs of each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place and use.

  4. Demolition of character-defining buildings, structures, landscape features, etc. in a historic environs should be avoided.

  5. Archeological resources will be protected and preserved in place.

  6. Infill construction, or related new construction should not destroy character-defining features or spatial relationships that characterize the environs of a property. The new work shall be compatible with the historic materials, character-defining features, size, scale and proportion, and massing of the environs.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus_ 6 years, 4 months ago

Well lets apply these standards to the proposed sight at ninth and NH.

  1. The Character of the Property: Well its been a vacant lot for years and its currently a muddy parking lot for the construction across the street.

  2. The Character of Surrounding Properties: There's a parking garage, gym, and condos to the west, an art center employing modern architecture to the south, an office building to the north, and some old houses to the east. Its so historic.

  3. Its all pretty modern.

  4. The vacant lot can't get any worse.

  5. Archeological resources?

  6. Well we got the Corporate office and the condo's nearby that are of similar height and size. I'm sure it'll be using brick and stone just like the surrounding buildings.

Sounds all well to me, lets build the thing.

windjammer 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes I can beleive the neighbors to the south of Bo's illegal industrial salvage yard have the gall to complain. Do they not have the right to expect the city to enforce their codes like they would be in any other part of the city? As for delusional I only see that in you and your post.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

Infill is the smart approach for taxpayers across the board........ only if there is demand for whatever product is being suggested. Otherwise it is more over building.

Of course I would prefer a pay for itself art and design school as an extension to the Arts Center. Why? Education is always in demand and students bring with them economic growth as KU and most other respected educational institutions have documented.

Certainly not 7 stories tall.

A city plan centered around energy star new education institutions = dollars and sense. Education institutions more often than not represent decent salary packages which are necessary to survive in Lawrence,Kansas.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

Thought it was about time for a cool front to blow through.....

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