Archive for Tuesday, October 4, 2011

City to mull boarding house conversions

October 4, 2011


Another debate over large boarding houses and the amount of on-street parking they consume in the Oread neighborhood is set for Lawrence City Hall. City commissioners at their meeting today will review new information compiled by staff members that shows a recently approved change in the city’s code could allow about 20 percent of all homes in Oread to be converted into boarding houses.

The code change created an “exception” that generally allows houses of more than 3,500 square feet to qualify for a lesser parking standard when converting into a boarding house.

City staff members are estimating that 83 homes in Oread could be converted into boarding houses under the new code. The high number is in part because the code requires the city to count basement square footage when determining if a home exceeds the 3,500-square-foot threshold.

If basements were removed from the equation, the number of homes eligible to convert to boarding houses would drop to 10.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall.


pizzapete 6 years, 7 months ago

How does this work with the no more than 3 unrelated people rule? Does listing the property as a boarding house make the house exempt?

It seems to me the parking issue is more immediate downtown where all the highrise apartments are being built. Maybe the boarding houses could "share" the garages built for the dorms and the Union?

imastinker 6 years, 7 months ago

If I had to guess it would be the way it's leased. A boarding house probably has 5 one bedroom studios instead of a five bedroom house with three people living there.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Infill has become translated into over fill!

Not one parking space per bedroom is insane. 64 bedrooms demand 64 -128 parking spaces.

Who wants 64 bedroom boarding houses in the side yard or backyard? City commissioners certainly will not so why subject anyone else to such trauma?

What about property value impacts?

Most new business ventures require more than enough parking why should this type of business venture be the exception? Hint: it's the local real estate special interest group.

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 7 months ago

So you don't want infill development, new construction, demo by blight, downtown apartment buildings, new stores that compete with old stores, etc...

What do you want Kirk McClure? A dieing town that doesn't fix anything up and lets all the old neighborhoods like the Oread burn down? And don't say "Smart Growth" because a former lawrence group hid behind that agenda before and it meant "no Growth"...

flyin_squirrel 6 years, 7 months ago

This is nothing more than a bunch of people with too much time on their hands worrying about houses being fixed up. How many times do we have to read about boarding houses in the Oread? Every month the old women of the Oread (Candy Davis, Carol Von Tursh, Senator Marcy Francisco and Kyle Davis) bring this same issue up with the commissioners, wasteing everyones time.

Boarding Houses do not cause parking problems in the Oread! The University causes parking problems in the Oread!

What is the difference between a 10 person boarding house, and a house split up into 10 different apartments? The answer is... a 10 person boarding house can have 10 people living in it legally, and a house with 10 (1 bedroom) apartments in it can have 40 people living in it legally!

Candy, if you don't like the student neighborhood, move. But quit trying to blame the boarding houses for the parking problems in the Oread!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Someone is saying that boarding houses is not a business venture??? Well I'll be.

This is not about houses being fixed up. This is about developers discovering back door approaches to building new residential without a market.

Yes they have made a laughing stock of the term "infill". It is now "overfill" which blends well with our local developer principle of flooding the markets anyway possible.

This seems like risky business for the financial industry considering this is exactly what took the economy down the tubes. Too damn much of everything! Then risky loans are made to clear the market until the poop hits the fan again.

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