A plan to host a hot rod car show in downtown Lawrence is in idle mode after Tuesday’s City Commission meeting.
City commissioners said they wanted the organizers of Rev it Up! Hot Rod Hullabaloo to investigate whether there is another time and downtown location that could be used for the show.
Organizers of the event, Stephen and Michelle Chronister, want to hold the event on Oct. 8 along the stretch of Massachusetts Street that runs through South Park. The car show would require that stretch of Massachusetts Street to be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Commissioners Mike Amyx and Bob Schumm both balked at that idea. They instead asked the organizers to consider holding the event on a Sunday, when impacts to traffic might be less or to consider holding the show along the stretch of Seventh Street that runs through Watson Park.
Show organizers said that street likely would not accommodate the nearly 150 hot rods that are expected for the event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Organizers and city staff agreed to study the issue more and bring the item back to commissioners in the next few weeks.
Commissioners on Tuesday did approve events for the Lawrence Arts Center and Art Togeau that will require portions of the 900 block of New Hampshire Street to be closed on May 27 and May 28.