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25 years ago: Suburban mall plan again rejected

April 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 13, 1988:

In a move that didn't appear to surprise anyone, Lawrence City Commissioners this week voted unanimously to reject a Cleveland developer's rezoning request for a suburban mall. Jacobs, Visconsi & Jacobs had asked the commission to rezone about 61.4 acres at the southeast corner of Iowa Street and Armstrong Road, a site which had been originally proposed for a "cornfield mall." The vote marked the third time since 1978 that the city had rejected rezoning for that site, as well as the fifth time that the city had rejected a mall plan from the JVJ firm. "I think we as a city have a right to determine how we want to grow," Commissioner Sandy Praeger said.

Today's parade to congratulate the Jayhawks on their basketball championship was not slated to begin until 4 p.m., but as of early this morning, the parking slots in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street were already filled with pickup trucks, which would provide their owners with comfortable viewing platforms for the event. The parade was to proceed down Mass Street from Seventh to 17th Street.

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