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Archive for Friday, July 20, 2012

25 years ago: Old remnant of Lawrence industrial area to be torn down

July 20, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 20, 1987:

  • Groundbreaking ceremonies were to be held this week at the site of the future Holcom Recreation Center. McPherson Contractors, Inc., was to build the $1.3 million, 19,000-square-foot building at 27th and Lawrence Avenue. Construction was expected to be completed in mid-May. The facility was to include an air-conditioned gym, jogging area, racquetball court, fitness center, games room, and multi-purpose room.
  • The old tin-sided Underwood building at 608 Massachusetts was scheduled to be torn down soon to make room for a new building for the World Company. Once a family-owned feed store, then more recently a furniture warehouse, the three-story building was to be razed to make room for a new warehouse for storage of newsprint to be used for the Lawrence Journal-World. Originally built in Thompsonville near Perry, the building had been dismantled and rebuilt in downtown Lawrence around the turn of the century to serve as a feed and seed store.

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