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25 years ago: Ground cleared for new KU building

August 9, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 9, 1988:

  • During the previous two weeks, excavation crews and their heavy machinery had been busy removing debris, shrubs, and tons of dirt from the future site of a new Kansas University building. Groundbreaking for the $12 million Robert Dole Human Development Center had happened back in June, but workers had then stopped the digging to relocate gas and communication lines, build a road to the service dock at Malott Hall, and raze several small buildings that were standing in the way. Construction activity was expected to begin within the month at the site along Sunnyside Avenue, and the center was to be ready for use in fall 1990, KU officials said.
  • Douglas County commissioners this week granted an extra $20,000 and added an additional $46,000 to the 1989 budget to cover rising costs of juvenile court cases. The funds were to pay expenses for defense of juveniles who didn't have the wherewithal to pay for an attorney. According to Scott Courtney, Douglas County District Court administrator, the number of cases was going to demand about $61,000 if the current number of them remained steady. County commissioners pointed to the budget adjustment as another example of the state dumping fiscal responsibilities on counties and cities.

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