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Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

City approves new parking regulations for Oread Neighborhood

April 18, 2012

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Kansas University senior Garrett Page walks down the hill from campus Tuesday on 12th Street, past a line of parked cars. City commissioners on Tuesday approved new regulations aimed at decreasing parking congestion in the Oread neighborhood. Page, who lives near the corner of 12th and Ohio streets, said from experience, “If you want to go anywhere in the Oread neighborhood, you may as well just walk.”

Kansas University senior Garrett Page walks down the hill from campus Tuesday on 12th Street, past a line of parked cars. City commissioners on Tuesday approved new regulations aimed at decreasing parking congestion in the Oread neighborhood. Page, who lives near the corner of 12th and Ohio streets, said from experience, “If you want to go anywhere in the Oread neighborhood, you may as well just walk.”

For once, parking wasn’t a problem in the Oread neighborhood.

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting unanimously approved new parking regulations for large boarding houses located on small lots.

The new parking regulations still allow boarding houses of a certain size to essentially provide just one parking space for every two bedrooms, which is less than the one-space-per-bedroom requirement that exists for most traditional apartment complexes.

But the new regulations reduce the number of boarding houses that qualify for the special parking standards, and neighborhood residents said for that, they were grateful.

“I think this will give the residents more security about what the future holds for the neighborhood,” said Carol von Tersch, an Oread homeowner.

Homeowners and owners of boarding houses in the Oread neighborhood have been debating the parking issue for months, but on Tuesday boarding house owners did not register any objections to the regulations. Commissioners had given preliminary approval to the new regulations several weeks ago and were hopeful they had struck a compromise.

The new regulations will only lessen the parking standard for boarding houses of 4,500 square feet or larger. Previously the lesser parking standards were allowed for boarding houses of 3,500 square feet or more. The city had supported the idea of a lesser parking standard as an incentive for investors to save large, old homes in Oread.

But residents balked when they learned about 80 homes in Oread would qualify for the lesser parking standards if the size threshold were set at 3,500 square feet. At 4,500 square feet, about 15 homes will qualify.

In other business, city commissioners:

• Approved on second reading an ordinance prohibiting RVs and other camperlike vehicles from parking in several public parking spaces near South Park. Two individuals who were opposed to the changes were escorted out of the commission chambers by police officers after making outbursts during the meeting.

• Approved $500,000 in funding to help with a proposed $10 million expansion of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center. Commissioners previously had given preliminary approval to the funding. The money is in addition to $1 million committed by Douglas County commissioners over a 10-year period and on top of $500,000 that the city approved last year.

• Approved a $30,000 contract with a Maine-based company to make improvements to the skate park at Deerfield Park.

Comments

skull 2 years, 8 months ago

30 large for the deerfield skatepark???? The entire thing couldn't have cost more than three. It's just an old tennis court with two ramps and an ankle high rail. Save that money and put it into building an actual skatepark in this town.

d_prowess 2 years, 8 months ago

They ripped out the old skatepark at Deerfield so the 30K is going to make something better than what was there before.

Beth Ennis 2 years, 8 months ago

maybe that is what they are going to do skull. I'll bet you could call the city and ask if you are so concerned. If my son was still a teenager who spent time at the park, I certainly would be calling. I have no one who uses the park now, but would still like to see a really nice skate park for those who do.

itsalwayssunnyinlarry 2 years, 8 months ago

"Two individuals who were opposed to the changes were escorted out of the commission chambers by police officers after making outbursts during the meeting."

irvan moore 2 years, 8 months ago

i went by the park this morning, they're still there, i don't see why the city can't "inspect" them like they did the mobile homes in north lawrence, seems like it would have been an easier/cheaper solution to the problem

Budgets_Smudgets 2 years, 8 months ago

inspect the bucket? I think I know the answer.

shipoffools 2 years, 8 months ago

I went to a planning meeting for the skateparks with parks & rec people and a rep from the company who is designing the skate park.

They have ripped up all of the old, chipped cement, and replacing with a new skatepark for beginners with real cement features/fixtures. They are able to get a better deal from the company to do both DF & Centenial at the same time. As a parent of a child that skates, I support it, my family frequently visits the parks at deerfield and use the playgrounds too. It is super great that it is near our home. The funds were already allocated.

The skatepark at Centinial is getting re-done also. It will be very nice!

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