Letters to the Editor

Wreck center

June 19, 2012


To the editor:

The regional recreation center seems like a super good deal for the developer but not such a good one for the taxpayer.

The developers, Fritzel Construction Co., will get: a) a no-bid job to construct the stadium, b) gas, water and sewer lines out to the stadium and shopping center paid by the taxpayers, c) roads out to the stadium and shopping center paid for by the taxpayers, and, d) automatic zoning approval for a 100-acre shopping center, without consideration of its impact on the neighborhoods or the rest of city retail.

The residents of Lawrence will get for their payment to Fritzel Construction Co. of $100,000 a MONTH: a) a large track and field stadium and soccer field shared with Kansas University and national youth tournaments, but no provisions about when it will be available to local people or how it will be available to be used by individuals, small groups and clubs, b) the cost of maintenance and security, c) increased sales tax on users of the facility and for purchases at the shopping center, d) bonds will be retired but replaced by monthly payments that will prevent lowering the mill levy, e) a shopping center so far at the edge of the city that there is no public transport and therefore is unavailable to many people, and, f) more struggling retail in their neighborhoods.

Sounds like a “wreck center” indeed.


Benjamin Roberts 6 years ago

"...a shopping center so far at the edge of the city that there is no public transport and therefore is unavailable to many people..."

In 1940 the west boundary was Iowa street; and no public transport went that far. Thank goodness, the city didn't grow beyond that and force the citizenry to travel beyond their comfort zone. http://lawrenceks.org/map/CityGrowthStudy.pdf

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

So, you're saying that there is no difference between access while on foot to a city of 5 sq. miles and one that's well over 30 sq miles?

(Too bad the legislature has seen fit to eliminate remedial math classes.)

Kookamooka 6 years ago

For Big business developers who don't want taxes, they sure do intend to tax us at the local level to get what they want. I'm sorry but I'd rather spend my tax dollars on the Police department. Taxes are meant to support our greater good, not the good of a developer who serves only himself and his/her customers.

Maddy Griffin 6 years ago

This AND a new police station? I thought we were in a recession.

Getaroom 6 years ago

The 1%'ers don't want any new taxes, but it's OK to tax everyone else.
They don't want the risk, "we the tax payers" have to do that.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

The country and state is in an economic disaster created by the GOP and Lawrence is blowing money like there is no tomorrow.

Lawrence,Kansas... home to a never ending tax dollar money hole and stinky water. The more Lawrence expands the larger the tax dollar money hole. Why?

The community has never stopped expanding long enough to catch up with the ever expanding cost of paying for the helter skelter growth decisions. In other words Lawrence has never been in a position where new growth is paying for itself.

Unfriendly to business and homeowners. All we hear is increasing taxes more and more and more to pay for mismanagement.

Stop expanding! Take care of taxpayer owned assets! Assets going into demolition by neglect is reckless management!

There are plenty of taxpayer assets such as streets,sidewalks,water lines,sewer lines that need rehab which could create plenty of employment for two years at least. New infrastructure only adds miles and miles and miles of NEW tax dollar responsibility with no means of paying for it.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Stop the neglect of taxpayer owned assets across the board!

Increased water,sewer,trash,swimming pool etc etc etc etc are tax increases. The word tax has negative overtones so the words fee,admission,rate or whatever are used in place of the word tax aka smoke and mirrors.

Government mismanagement is a monster disease.

NutsForKU 6 years ago

Excellent letter. Apparently many of our top business people in Lawrence are unable to operate their businesses without government handouts but what is harder to understand is many of these businesses' supporters don't like the government.

John Hamm 6 years ago

Developers? Win, Win City residents? Lose, tie at best......

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