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City’s retail vacancy rate takes another dip as new stores consider Lawrence
January 10, 2014
The city’s retail industry awakened in 2013, with store vacancy rates hitting some of their lower levels in recent memory, according to a new report by the Lawrence commercial real estate firm Colliers International. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence wants to study private development on downtown parking lots
January 8, 2014
City commissioners are reviewing a report that considers how private developers could build on the public parking lots that line sections of Vermont and New Hampshire streets without creating a shortage of public parking downtown. By Chad Lawhorn
City commissioners back away from previous pay raise proposal, but still boost salaries
January 7, 2014
A pay raise for the Lawrence City Commission won’t be as big as once proposed, and none of the current commissioners will receive a raise unless they are re-elected. By Chad Lawhorn
City looking to replace part of Rock Chalk Park roadwork after contractor disregarded warning from inspector
January 6, 2014
City engineers are recommending a portion of the roadwork at the Rock Chalk Park sports complex be torn out and rebuilt after crews employed by Lawrence contractor Thomas Fritzel disregarded warnings that the project wasn’t being built correctly. By Chad Lawhorn
Proposal would require weekly reports to police from pawnbrokers, precious metal dealers
January 6, 2014
Lawrence pawnbrokers and precious metal dealers will be required to submit records of received property to police each week via a designated website if a proposed ordinance is approved. By Sara Shepherd
Agenda for Jan. 7 Lawrence City Commission meeting
January 4, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City researching idea of hanging placards in all 18,000 of Lawrence’s rental units
January 3, 2014
Perhaps it will become the conversation piece of 2014. Under the latest proposal floating around Lawrence City Hall, every rental unit in the city — about 18,000 of them — would have a city-approved placard posted somewhere in the living unit describing how tenants can lodge a housing complaint with city officials. By Chad Lawhorn
Planned Lawrence library art speaks to what patrons have in common
December 30, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library’s renovations are more than just skin deep. Along with the remodeling and reconstruction, the library also will get a new set of DNA. The city is spending $75,000 on art for the renovated library, set to open next summer. Glass creations by Rock Cottage Glassworks artist Dierk Van Keppel from Merriam, Kan., and his partner John Shreve, a graduate student at Kansas University, will greet patrons as they enter the library.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Dec. 30
December 28, 2013
Dec. 30, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
City commission to meet Monday
December 27, 2013
The Lawrence City Commission will meet briefly Monday morning to handle routine business items. By Peter Hancock
Farther to reach but more help to offer: New homeless shelter marks one year
December 27, 2013
In the first year at its new location, the homeless shelter drastically increased capacity, permanent housing placement and programming activity. All that combined with being at the far edge of town — an industrial park east of O’Connell Road and Kansas 10 — means transportation needs have increased, too. By Sara Shepherd
City moving ahead with $3.8 million in repairs to Kaw Water Treatment plant
December 26, 2013
Major construction work is expected to take place in the Kansas River during the next several months as part of a multimillion dollar project to shore up operations of Lawrence’s Kaw Water Treatment plant. By Chad Lawhorn
City still working on agreement to take over ownership of Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence
December 21, 2013
Local leaders are hopeful the city will take ownership of the old Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence by mid-2014, clearing the way for a multimillion dollar restoration project. By Chad Lawhorn
City balks at idea of limiting proposed rental inspection program
December 17, 2013
Rental units in the city should get a full safety inspection, and now all 18,000 rentals in the city may get a special placard that would tell tenants how to file a complaint against their landlord with City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
City agrees to consider changing ordinance to accommodate hitchhiking network
December 17, 2013
The idea of using hitchhiking as another form of public transportation received a warm reception from Lawrence city commissioners, but they stopped short Tuesday night of changing a key city ordinance that would help the project. By Chad Lawhorn