Archive for Friday, October 28, 2011

Historic Resources Commission blocks plans for downtown hotel

October 28, 2011


A hotel planned for downtown Lawrence was nixed by the Historic Resources Commission on Thursday night. The commission found the project did not meet the intent of the Downtown Design Guidelines, which were established to maintain the historic character of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire streets.

The top three floors of the multi-story hotel would have included an 81-room TownePlace by Marriott, 36 apartments spread throughout the second and third floors, and a restaurant and wine bar on the ground floor.

The development team, which is led by Lawrence businessman Doug Compton and architect Mike Treanor, now can request a hearing before the Lawrence City Commission.

The Historic Resources Commission did approve a separate project at 1043 Ind., which is to become 50 two-bedroom apartments. At issue was relocating the building known as the Varsity House, which is currently at that address. The commission approved moving the building, which once housed varsity football players at Kansas University, to make way for the apartments.


bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

did I miss something in prior ljworld editions? on which corner is this proposed for construction?


Carol Bowen 2 years, 5 months ago

There is not enough land at that location anyway. No room for service vehicles, etc. We should infill, but that building is just too tight a fit.


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

With this decision, cutting edge Knology and having to pay a buck to 20 bucks just to visit Larryville, retirees should be flocking to this hamlet any day now.


Hooligan_016 2 years, 5 months ago

How about if a developer were looking to put something like a McDonald's on that corner ... would the detractors here still be harping about the HRC rejecting a proposal?

The HRC made the right decision. The developers will come back with better design now.


flyin_squirrel 2 years, 5 months ago

And the US Bank building isn't ugly/out of place historically? Go out to an East Coast City to see Historical buildings. In Lawrence we call the ugly pile of junk Varsity House Historic...


woodscolt 2 years, 5 months ago

This is not a surprise, the Lawrence hippies are always against progress.

It would seem to me your comment indicates that you must think the building across the street from this proposed project is not progress. Or any of the other surrounding buildings. Every building in the area is relatively new by downtown standards and you invoke the old, hippies against progress. Sorry to have to inform you that your comment is a bit disingenuous. If all those buildings were rejected then maybe you night not sound so silly. Thanks for the amusement though.


kuhlman 2 years, 5 months ago

The historic resources commission is such a joke. Does it really detract from the old buildings on Mass. to have a new building put in the next street over? No. Is it really that important to enforce these arbitrary guidelines so that new buildings such as the Hobbs Taylor Lofts and the 9th and NH project share a vague similarity with old buildings in the area by having a hokey, stylized facade? No.


droppinplates 2 years, 5 months ago

Another idea rejected in Lawrence. What a shocker.


infidel 2 years, 5 months ago

I never knew there was a historic character of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire streets. Its just a bunch of bars and restaurants.

This is not a surprise, the Lawrence hippies are always against progress. The project will get built just like all the rest. It is to bad the town has such a well deserved anti business reputation. .


Keith Richards 2 years, 5 months ago

I agree downtown could use a place like this hotel/apartment combo, but the original design was hideous and looked horribly cheap. Do some redesign, class it up a little bit, allay some of the neighbors concerns and resubmit the project.


TheStonesSuck 2 years, 5 months ago

Looks like someone forgot to grease the wheels.


Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

Parking garages are OK but competition for the Eldridge is not?


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