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25 years ago: Sallie Mae breaks ground on new office building

January 30, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 30, 1986:

  • The Lawrence Housing Authority had withdrawn its request to buy a city-owned lot at 739 N.Y. for a low-income, large-family rental housing project. Representatives from the East Lawrence Improvement Assn. had opposed the request, saying that they wanted the lot developed as originally planned in 1984 in the Homestead Project, which involved a lottery to give away vacant lots to people willing to build owner-occupied housing.
  • The Student Loan Marketing Assn., commonly known as Sallie Mae, was scheduled to break ground the following week on a new office building in the Bluffs Office Park, just northeast of Sixth and Iowa. The firm, which had come to Lawrence in 1984 and currently employed 125 people, was hoping to expand its work force to 300 in the next two years.
  • Although some Kansas City school administrators were considering stricter dress codes banning short skirts, hats, and sunglasses, Lawrence officials said that inappropriate dress in schools had not yet been a problem here.

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