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City agrees to provide $12,500 in funding for study of retiree attraction project

February 13, 2013

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Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to spend $12,500 as part of a first phase of a feasibility study on a project to make Lawrence more of a retirement destination.

The project has been envisioned by the city and county’s Retiree Attraction and Retention Task Force. It would involve building an “intergenerational neighborhood” that would include a not-for-profit continuing care facility, a health care clinic and other amenities.

The county also will be asked to contribute $12,500 to the feasibility study. Private partners — possibly including Kansas University Endowment and Lawrence Memorial Hospital — also would be asked to contribute to the feasibility study, which may cost about $75,000.

The first phase also would involve forming a new nonprofit corporation that could serve as an organizing force for the project.

Comments

BringBackMark 1 year, 2 months ago

Maybe it's the 2-3 minutes that you have to sit at some of the traffic signals in this town that they think will attract retirees! This is an absolute disgrace. Havining lived here for nearly 40 years this one might take the cake. Here's an idea, let's spend some money and develop one idea to attract a new business to this town. There's another college town about 70 miles west of here. Look at what they've accomplished in the last 20 years compared to here. "Clueless" is the only work I can use to describe this city government.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

^^jehovah_bob 10 hours, 48 minutes ago

Branson, now THAT is a retirement attraction.

---no, that is a poor excuse for a DA. only retirees Branson would attract here would be lame criminals who want to retire to easy punishments after committing crimes. [tongue in cheek]

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irtnog2001 1 year, 2 months ago

Charge them no real estate tax mill levy. Problem solved.

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ljreader 1 year, 2 months ago

Advice to retirees- RUN- All this City wants is more people to bilk. They need more taxpayers to fund more stupid ideas and studies. Probably looking for a population unable to shovel their sidewalks to increase revenue.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 2 months ago

Why would any retiree choose Lawrence? We only get about two months of good weather per year in Kansas, so why would a retiree with money to spend choose Lawrence over somewhere with a better climate? KU sports? Local golf courses? I can't even think of a third option to go with the others, THAT'S how bad this area is for retirees. The only retirees in Kansas are those of us who can't afford to move after we retire....and the way that things are going, retirement may be a thing of the past.

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jehovah_bob 1 year, 2 months ago

Branson, now THAT is a retirement attraction.

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jehovah_bob 1 year, 2 months ago

$12,500 seems kind of steep. How much did they spend on the homeless attraction project? That worked out pretty well.

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irvan moore 1 year, 2 months ago

silly city leaders, all us old folks need is a cafeteria and a red lobster, problem solved

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Centerville 1 year, 2 months ago

Be sure to tell them that we hate to let our mil levies decline.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 2 months ago

This is a disgrace! A city commission throwing money away, this amount is equal to some retirees annual income.

This not for profit scheme is a joke. Of course there is profit!

If Lawrence were truly a retirement destination Robson homes would be crashing the toll gate. See, this shows the true colors of Amyx, who many think is the voice of reason. Wow! He voted to spend.

This is another convoluted venture as East Hills which was developed by a not for profit group which the public has the biggest investment but the smallest return. Did your taxes go down when the tax base increases? NO! And Chad won't investigate and report the true financial return to all parties involved in the not for profit group.

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Ginny Hedges 1 year, 2 months ago

Just give me affordable housing. This doesn't sound affordable to me.

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Lynn731 1 year, 2 months ago

I can save the city $ 12,500. You cannot attract retirees living on fixed incomes by raising water and or sewer rates $ 500. There study completed for free.

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TheBigW 1 year, 2 months ago

What a lame waste of OUR tax payer money! Nice insider racket and scam you pulled there Hugh Cater, get you job out of the CC deal and now you can get some free money for you pet project to justify your lame employment over at the Chamber.

The citizens need to fire the whole bunch and a lot of the current city hall staff, starting with Corliss.

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Mike Myers 1 year, 2 months ago

This will be a study done by insiders telling the powers that be exactly what they want to hear. In fact, it will be more about site planning than a true study to determine feasibility and location. All of the usual suspects and large land holders will be instrumental in the process. It will be a giant economic boon to the city but it will still require a 19 million dollar tax abatement to be feasible. Never will any real thought to long term economic sustainabily or sprawl be considered. Infill and integration won't be considered seriously because there won't be enough new houses to build on virgin land and no philanthropic developer would come forward to bless us with the gift of ground.

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Gandalf 1 year, 2 months ago

No matter how much the city spends, if won't counteract the the retiree repellant!

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

Somebodies brother-in-law needs a little extra cash.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

What exactly is the city looking for? I've yet to understand what is it they don't know.... after all of these years? It is a sales pitch that's driving this spending?

Apparently senior citizens are an industry? Sticking senior cities completely out and away from the city seems counter productive.

Active senior citizens need to close to downtown, KU, a grocery store,library and frequent availability to the T.

The new area being developed in east Lawrence would be a great choice. When it comes to developing home designs for seniors Tenants to Homeowners has been designing it this type of housing for years and years. And can offer the most reasonable rates for high quality living.

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