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25 years ago: Oread residents worried about increase in demolition permits

March 3, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 3, 1986:

  • During a local economic upturn in the 1870s, many homes had been constructed in Lawrence’s Oread neighborhood. In 1986, Oread residents were nervous about the future preservation of these Italianate and Victorian mansions, picturesque cottages and stone houses. Many of the old homes were still standing; however, about 57 percent of the residential demolition permits issued in the past year had been in the Oread neighborhood. Residents blamed growing university housing needs and high-density zoning and development rules which allowed the construction of apartment complexes on relatively small lots.
  • Packer Plastics was planning a major expansion that would result in the hiring of 80 new employees, including 25-30 more workers from Cottonwood, Inc., a local organization offering residential, training, and job services for people with developmental disabilities.

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