City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to form a new task force that will study ways to attract more retailers to downtown Lawrence.
Commissioners at their weekly meeting agreed to create a task force that will look at:
• Retail vacancies and how a city-sponsored retail incubator could help reduce vacancies;
• The mix of retail versus bar and restaurant businesses;
• Opportunities for more events with Kansas University and the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau;
• Greater support of the arts in downtown.
Commissioners did not appoint any members to the task force Tuesday. Instead, they asked staff to create a resolution for future consideration that would formally create the new group. The idea for the task force came about as commissioners discussed comments they heard at a recent downtown Lawrence listening session.