Archive for Sunday, September 30, 2012

Developers alter 9th and N.H. building plans

September 30, 2012


Construction work on a new multistory hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire streets could begin in November, and when it does, the plans may be slightly different from what the public last saw.

Doug Compton, who leads the group planning to build the new extended-stay Marriott at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire, said November is a likely time for construction work to begin on the project. He also said work to construct a seven-story apartment building on the northeast corner of the intersection could begin in March.

“It is going to get busy down there,” Compton said.

The development group also confirmed that it has altered its plans for the hotel building. The plans no longer include a rooftop restaurant, but none of the changes will affect the height or size of the building. The changes include:

• The top floor of the hotel now will house three condo units instead of the rooftop restaurant.

• The hotel building no longer will include any apartments, and as such, the number of hotel rooms will increase from 81 units to 92 units.

• The rooftop pool of the hotel will be moved to an enclosed area on the first floor.

• Since the main floor lobby no longer will need to accommodate an entrance to rooftop restaurant, the developers are proposing to expand the ground floor retail space by 400 square feet.

The letter also notes that the 121-unit, seven-story apartment building on the northeast corner is being designed with a rooftop pool to serve those residents.

Scott McCullough, director of planning and development services for the city, said the changes will not require the project to be reviewed by the city’s Historic Resources Commission again. Instead, the changes can be administratively approved as part of the city’s site plan process.

Before work can start on the northeast apartment building, however, the City Commission must rule on whether a requested roundabout for the Ninth and New Hampshire intersection should be allowed. The city hasn’t yet set a date to hear that issue.

When construction work begins on the two Ninth and New Hampshire buildings, it will mark one of the busier construction periods in downtown’s history. In addition to the new multistory buildings, work is expected to begin before the end of the year on the $19 million library and parking garage project at Seventh and Vermont streets.


chumchuum 1 year, 6 months ago

You morons in Lawrence continue to taken for a ride! He just saved a couple of hundred thousand dollars by not putting the rooftop pool and top floor restaurant in. This went from a really cool downtown building to another piece of crap apartment building. You got screwed again! Ha!


jimincountry 1 year, 6 months ago

How About a mineret in the middle of that Roundabout.......with loudspeakers!


scaramouchepart2 1 year, 6 months ago

Why bother deleting H2020. The developer makes the changes they planned on with Scott's ok. Why bother with a public hearing if Scott is not going to make the developer follow the approved plans. This is hardly the first time a neighborhood worked for a compromise and got up on morning and found something completely, you might say substantially, different than what was approved.


Prairielander 1 year, 6 months ago

I'd like more roundabouts, please.


Randall Uhrich 1 year, 6 months ago

There are going to be 92 hotel rooms and 121 apartments in these two units. Where the hell are all these people going to park their cars!?! There's not even enough space to put parking garages for all of them! I don't think the developers and planning commissioners have thought this through. Slow down and think.


MacHeath 1 year, 6 months ago

If they take out the corners, and but in a roundabout, it will be fine. If they keep it small, it will suck. The hospital had to pay for changes it wanted on several streets, and the hospital is not for profit. Compton is getting far too many tax incentives then he deserves. Why shouldn't Compton have to pay for the roundabout? Again, if they leave the intersection the way it is, the roundabout will suck. If they build a larger one, it will work. It will also cost a lot of money.


irvan moore 1 year, 6 months ago

why are they going to waste time talking about the roundabout, if doug wants a roundabout, they will give doug a roundabout


Clara Westphal 1 year, 6 months ago

PLEASE!! NO more roundabouts. There are too many already.


jafs 1 year, 6 months ago

Seems to me that the burden should be on the developers to demonstrate that the changes don't affect any of the reasons the city decided to approve the project, and grant various incentives.

Assuming, of course, that the city is in fact making a reasonably intelligent cost-benefit analysis in the first place, which may not be at all the case.

Condos are obviously different from a restaurant, and hotel rooms from apartments.


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 6 months ago

Bait and switch, really. Look up the definition and explain how these.changes have any financial effect on the city.


jafs 1 year, 6 months ago

Seems to me that if projects are approved, particularly with incentives, that any changes to those projects after approval should be very seriously scrutinized, to make sure that the changes wouldn't have affected the approval and incentives.

Why wouldn't the developers just present the plans before approval, rather than changing them afterwards?


loudmouthrealist 1 year, 6 months ago

I hope someone at city hall is using their calculator. How will these changes effect tax revenues due to the city.

1) Is the city better off collecting property tax on the condo's verses retail tax on the restaurant income?

2) How will not having a rooftop restaurant on this building affect business in the rest of downtown? Was this restaurant not a major incentive to give tax breaks to this project?

3) Same issue goes with the loss of the apartments. How many apartments will be lost?

4) Was there not some "rent control" apartments included? Are those the ones being lost?

This looks like, smells like and most likely is a shell game by the big money con men. Bend over Lawrence. You know whats "cumming"!

Note: Effect/affect ? Those always twist my brain! Glad to hear corrections but please don't be a "snot nose brat" when doing so.



oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 6 months ago

No roundabout if it ends up as crappy as what we are stuck with now. Ugly and far too big for the square intersections they are in. Why have a roundabout just to speed up to stoplight on Mass 350 ft or less away. FedEx and UPS. Trucks downtown do not deserve the aggravation.


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