Archive for Friday, March 11, 2011

City Commission agenda for March 15

March 11, 2011


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider taking the first step to creating a Neighborhood Revitalization district for a new downtown office building for Treanor Architects.


Lawrence-based Treanor Architects is proposing to relocate its headquarters to a vacant building at 1040 Vt. The building would be renovated and a second story would be added. But Treanor is asking the city to rebate a portion of the new property taxes the improved property would pay. The city could use the Neighborhood Revitalization Act to rebate a portion of the property taxes. Under the plan, Treanor would continue to pay all the property taxes that currently are assessed on the building. But the city would rebate a portion of the tax bill that is over and above the current amount. Treanor is proposing that 95 percent of the new taxes be rebated initially, and that the rebate amount gradually falls to zero by 2022.


• Issue a proclamation about this Thursday’s 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Consent agenda

• Approve commission minutes from March 1 and 8.

• Receive minutes from boards and commissions.

• Approve claims.

• Approve licenses recommended by the city clerk’s office.

• Approve appointments recommended by the mayor.

• Consider these bid and purchase items:

a. A bid date of April 5 for roof replacement at the traffic building, 445 Miss.

b. Award bid for two full-size pickups for the public works department to Olathe Ford for $22,676 each.

c. Apply the city’s local purchasing policy and award bid for one half-ton pickup for the finance department to Laird Noller Automotive for $19,977.

d. Award bid for phase one of the 2011 overlay program to Little Joe’s Asphalt Inc. for $474,189.94.

• Adopt on first reading an ordinance amending eligibility criteria for serving as a member of the Electrical Code Board of Appeals.

• Consider rezoning about 0.27 of an acre at 313 E. Eighth St. from RM24 (multi-dwelling residential) to CN1 (inner neighborhood commercial), submitted by John Flanders for R&B; Holdings LC, property owner of record. Adopt on first reading an ordinance rezoning the property.

• Consider rezoning about 3.47 acres at 4000 W. Sixth St. from PCD (planned commercial development-Monterey Center) to CN2 (neighborhood commercial center), submitted by Allen Belot for Monterey Partners, LLC, property owner of record. Adopt on first reading an ordinance rezoning the property.

• Approve a special-use permit for a drive-through window in a retail center at 4000 W. Sixth, submitted by Allen Belot, for Monterey Partners, LLC, property owner of record. Adopt on first reading an ordinance approving the permit.

• Approve a special-event permit for sale of Final Four merchandise from a tent at 2300 La. between March 27 and April 10, submitted by Gene Wayenberg, Sun Creation, with permission of 2300 Louisiana Co., LLC, property owner of record.

• Approve a license agreement to install a small retaining wall within the right-of-way behind the curb at 333 Johnson Ave., requested by Diane Trybom.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a letter of support for efforts to have Lawrence designated as a Runner Friendly Community.

• Approve as community interest, a request from Friends of the Lawrence Public Library to place signs in various rights-of-way in an area bounded by Sixth and Ninth and Massachusetts and Tennessee streets between April 8 and 12.

Regular agenda

• Consider these items related to the Lawrence Community Shelter, 944 Ky.:

a. Receive second quarterly report regarding the status of fundraising and construction progress for the Lawrence Community Shelter’s new permanent facility.

b. Consider renewal of a special-use permit and a request to increase the maximum occupancy year-round from 57 people to 82 people for the shelter, submitted by the shelter for James Dunn, property owner of record. Consider adopting on first reading an ordinance to renew the permit and increase the occupancy.

• Consider these items regarding Neighborhood Revitalization areas in Lawrence:

a. Consider referring the draft Neighborhood Revitalization Act policy to the Public Incentive Review Committee for review and comment.

b. Consider referring to the Public Incentive Review Committee a proposal by Treanor Architects to establish a neighborhood revitalization area at 1040 Vt.; set a meeting for 4 p.m. March 29 for the committee to consider the proposal; set a public hearing for April 5 to consider the request.


David Holroyd 7 years, 2 months ago

Every neighborhood that is qualified to be eligible for CDBG funds needs to be eligible for the Neighborhood Revitalization Act.

Instead the commission picks and chooses , what they are doing is controlling development for their own personal interests and/or gains.

This Neighborhood Act was established by the state of kansas and Lawrence could have enacted it sometime ago, in fact, according to previous city commission minutes they did, but now they are back again at mucking it up to suit only a few.

This is ridiculous how much time this commission spends on issues that are very simple.

And we are supposed to re elect some of them? why?

Prairielander 7 years, 2 months ago

This proposal seems to be a good use for the Act. That building is no longer suited to retail. An office is a much better use. It has sat vacant for too long. I really like what I have seen of the proposed development. I say go with it.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

I say forget big government tax dollar give aways. This company is not new it is only relocating and (leaving two empty buildings behind so I understand)

Has any property tax been paid on that building since new ownership? If not who is making up the might be delinquent payments?

I also support putting long term parking meters in the parking lot next door. We cannot afford to give away more parking.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

If the architecture firm cannot afford to move without the irresponsible use of MY tax dollars I suggest they do not relocate. I declare my tax dollars unavailable for this project!!!

This firm is a friend of Mr. Compton's. In essence they want tax dollars to help bail out a location that no one else has any interest.

"Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill)" Yes WE local taxpayers .... read it carefully.

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