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Archive for Friday, May 11, 2012

40 years ago: Construction plans for downtown altered slightly

May 11, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 11, 1972:

Members of the Lawrence City Commission had awarded a contract for slightly altered downtown improvement plans to Constant Construction Co. of Lawrence for $833,932.60 pending federal approval. New sidewalks were in the plan, as well as street reconstruction, "sawtooth" curbs, landscaping, benches, and lighting. One of the alterations had involved the street lighting fixtures; commissioners had opted for $425 cast aluminum lights with four frosted glass panes rather than the $200 lights. The more expensive type was preferred by designers and local business owners and was considered to be a good investment. Constant Construction was estimating 150 working days for the project to be completed. The project was to begin after approval of the Housing and Urban Development Department, which was expected to take about a week.

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