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Letters to the Editor

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May 28, 2011

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To the editor:

Your paper clearly outlined the issues with EN Engineering’s unfortunate departure in the May 21 edition and May 23 editorial. It should be no surprise that the Illinois-based management of EN Engineering has no loyalty to Lawrence. Of equal importance is the fact that the Midwest is awash in vacant commercial and industrial buildings of all types. EN management no doubt acted in the best interest of their bottom line.

It is unfortunate that the landlord was not willing to have a month-to-month lease with EN until a new building could be built. That way he might have had income for another year or more. Now, we will see how long his building stands vacant before another lease is signed.

It is hard to imagine that any leader in this city would consider for a second giving money to the landlord if EN moved before a two-year lease ended. With citizens, including other landlords, already having their backs to the wall with property and sales taxes, this is a type of corporate welfare that citizens would never tolerate. Anyway, if money was going to reimburse landlords for tenants that move before their lease is up, they could head down Massachusetts Street with a wheelbarrow full of cash. That won’t happen either.

Comments

edjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Historically I think the university has had a negative opinion and effect on the Lawrence business climate. I think the City forefathers took the opinions of some pointy-head academics instead of common sense from owners who know business.

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BigPrune 2 years, 10 months ago

Historically, startups in Lawrence that do good then blow town typically fail within a few years (sometimes months) of leaving. It's almost the kiss of death, unfortunately.

The "curse" of Lawrence is upon them. Don't let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya.

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm waiting for those business property owners downtown to start writing short term leases for their property at a reduced rate for "incubator" business. I wouldn't worry about the owner of the property the engineering firm moved from, that owner will figure out a way to get a tenant, they have for years and were smart enough to build when the costs were lower.

Business comes and business goes. Where was all the outcry when Color Press sold out to the company that took the TV Guide contract with them? huh? Hardly anyone remembers that operation. Lawrence has a very short memory when dealing with businesses.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

"Flexibility" is almost always a code word for back room deals between good ole boys.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

The city needs to analyze each situation. Looks at the costs to the city and compare that to the benefits to the city. If it make economic sense to assist businesses with tax abatements or other types of assistance, then the city should do it. If the numbers don't add up correctly, then the city should not do it. It seems foolhardy to behave in any other manner.

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