City Government

New comprehensive plan gives framework for denser neighborhoods

What it could look like when Lawrence residents live closer together is becoming clearer. Along with taller buildings, there might be row houses, accessory dwelling units, cluster housing and smaller single-family homes. The steering committee that has been revising the Lawrence-Douglas ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Aug. 21 meeting

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 08/14/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions: 3. Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be ...

After two years, all apartments in HERE complex are now open

Two years after opening its doors, the HERE apartment complex can finally lease all of its units. When it opened in August 2016, the seven-floor, 624-bedroom apartment and retail complex at 1111 Indiana St. was not permitted to lease 75 of its bedrooms because of a parking shortage in its ...

As fire and medical response times slow, city leaders discuss adding another station

The time it takes fire and medical personnel to arrive at an emergency has been increasing, with responses to medical calls measuring well more than nine minutes. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical response times have generally been getting slower over the past decade, with some response ...

City, Lawrence police union reach agreement on employment contracts

Story updated at 5:07 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. After months of contract negotiations, the city and police union have come to an agreement on the police department’s employment contract. Due to the impasse, the Lawrence City Commission had been scheduled as part of its meeting Tuesday to make ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Aug. 14 work session

Consent agenda 1. Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 08/07/18. 2. Receive minutes from various boards and commissions: 3. Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be ...

Century-old tunnel under Lawrence neighborhood raises concerns

When Sarah Merriman and Donna Geisler bought their house at 812 Ohio St. last year, they had no idea that a more than century-old brick tunnel large enough for a person to walk through ran directly under the house. Neither did the city. A ravine once ran through Old West Lawrence to the ...

Lawrence City Commission gives final approval to library mural

As part of its consent agenda Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission approved the contract to add a mural to the exterior of the city’s library. Last month, commissioners voted to move forward with a proposal from artist group Womxn of Color to donate and install the mural on the ground-level ...

City’s affordable housing effort faces rising construction costs

Those in the business of building and selling new homes in Lawrence are seeing a trend that may not bode well for the city’s affordable housing shortage. The average sale price of new homes in June was about $342,000, up about 30 percent from the same period last year, according to recently ...

Lawrence City Commission to hold public hearing on 2019 budget

City of Lawrence leaders will soon take the next step in shaping the city’s 2019 budget, which, as currently proposed, would hold the property tax rate flat, increase utility rates and provide millions for new projects. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will hold ...

Community remembers Fire Chief Bradford at funeral service

At the funeral service for local Fire Chief Mark Bradford, Chaplain Paul Taylor told those gathered that he wanted to speak to both the professional and personal sides of Bradford. Bradford, 58, died Thursday in Shawnee County, according to the funeral program. Standing near Bradford’s ...