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25 years ago: Residents of Lawrence neighborhood object to proposed concrete plant

August 19, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 19, 1988:

  • A group of southwest Lawrence homeowners said this week that they were opposing plans for a Penny's Concrete plant to be built in their neighborhood. "We bought houses out there because this land is zoned residential," said a Crossgate Drive resident. "There's never been an industrial use." Penny's had requested the city to rezone the tract from RS-2, a single-family residential designation, to M-3, the city's heaviest industrial use. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission was scheduled to discuss the matter in the coming week. The tract in question was half a mile south of Clinton Parkway on Township Road 29A, which at that time went west from Crossgate Drive.
  • A Kansas University fraternity house was found guilty today in Lawrence Municipal Court of nine fire code violations stemming from a fire department investigation that had followed a major fraternity fire the previous year. The Triangle fraternity, 1144 W. 11th, was fined $900, but the fine was suspended on the condition that officials correct the violations by Dec. 31. The violations included inadequate smoke detectors and emergency lighting for corridors and stairways as well as a need to expand the alarm system, provide self-closures on all corridor doors, and eliminate a dead-end corridor more than 20 feet long.

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