Archive for Tuesday, February 21, 2012

25 years ago: Developers restate determination to build Lawrence mall

February 21, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 21, 1987:

In a recent three-hour meeting with Lawrence's Urban Renewal Agency, developers further explained their proposal to build a downtown mall. The firm Jacobs, Visconsi & Jacobs, Cleveland, was working with local Town Center Venture Corp. to develop a 360,000-square-foot mall in the 600 block of downtown. Don Jones, JVJ vice president for real estate, said that although JVJ was committed to pursuing the downtown project, the firm would consider building a suburban mall if the downtown plan fell through. "When the dust clears, there will be either a mall downtown or in some reasonable period of time, there'll be a mall in the suburbs," he said. At the meeting, which was attended by several mall opponents as well as supporters, tempers occasionally flared and comments flew. "For those who don't want to see anything change, there's nothing we can provide that's going to change their minds," Jones said. "No change isn't an option anymore."


pace 6 years, 2 months ago

We were so lucky. So many vital down towns were killed by malls.

asixbury 6 years, 2 months ago

Malls everywhere are slowly dieing. Besides, I enjoy the outdoor shopping experience much more then being inside.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 2 months ago

What bugs me is the arrogance of the quoted developer. "There WILL be a mall, no matter what any of the residents of this town want." They didn't even live here, they were from Cleveland, but they were telling Lawrence folks what was going to happen come hell or high water.

I moved here in August 1986 and I remember the mall question being on the ballot the following year!

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