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City set to approve tax rebate for Eldridge Hotel expansion
February 14, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday are poised to grant a 95 percent, 15-year tax rebate to The Eldridge Hotel for a planned expansion of the downtown landmark. If approved, it will be the seventh time the city has used the Neighborhood Revitalization Act to issue a tax rebate in the last four years. All seven projects have something in common: They’ve all been more expensive than commissioners envisioned when they created the program in 2011. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Feb. 17 meeting
February 14, 2015
5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence commissioners voice support for tax break to expand Eldridge Hotel
February 10, 2015
A majority of city commissioners are supportive of providing a tax break for the historic Eldridge Hotel to undertake a $12.5 million expansion in downtown Lawrence. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting stopped short of voting on the project, but a majority of commissioners made it clear they’re ready to approve a 15-year, 95 percent property tax rebate to facilitate an expansion that will add 54 rooms and additional restaurant space to the hotel at Seventh and Massachusetts streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Agenda for Feb. 10 Lawrence City Commission meeting
February 6, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Eldridge expansion financial incentives get preliminary OK
09:38 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
A city committee has given preliminary approval to tax breaks for the proposed Eldridge hotel expansion, which would fill a long-empty gravel lot on Massachusetts Street. Lawrence’s Public Incentives Review Committee considered the Eldridge’s request during its meeting Tuesday. A public hearing on the matter is tentatively set for the Feb. 10 City Commission meeting. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence commission approves funding for police dogs
08:38 p.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The Lawrence Police Department should have two police dogs on the street this spring, after the City Commission approved creating a K-9 unit Tuesday night. Of Kansas’ 10 largest cities, Lawrence is the only one that doesn’t already have its own K-9 unit. By Sara Shepherd
City of Lawrence announces new finance director
10:59 a.m., February 2, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
The city of Lawrence announced its new finance director on Monday. Bryan Kidney, a former finance director for the city of Shawnee, replaces Ed Mullins, who retired in the fall after 23 years in the position.
As audit begins, questions about Rock Chalk Park accounting grow
January 31, 2015
More questions have emerged about the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, following a Journal-World review of financial documents related to the project. Some of the documents appear to contradict statements made by KU Endowment officials, who largely have been responsible for ensuring that expenses and receipts reconcile on nearly $12 million worth of infrastructure that a Thomas Fritzel-led firm built at Rock Chalk Park. By Chad Lawhorn
Agenda for Feb. 2 Lawrence City Commission meeting
06:07 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:08 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Lawrence conference center feasibility study due mid-February
10:13 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Get ready to talk about whether Lawrence ought to get into the conference center business. A long-delayed report studying the feasibility of whether Lawrence could support a new conference center is scheduled to be released in mid-February, City Manager David Corliss has confirmed. Then it will be up to city commissioners to decide what comes next. By Chad Lawhorn
Groups holding workshops on restoring Kansas prairies
January 28, 2015
Two groups are sponsoring workshops in Lawrence designed to teach rural landowners how to restore native prairie habitats.
Wicked Broadband pulls request for $300,000 loan guarantee
10:28 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A request for the city to provide a $300,000 loan guarantee to Wicked Broadband is now off the table, but so too is a project that would bring super-fast broadband service to downtown or parts of East Lawrence. Joshua Montgomery, co-owner of Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband, surprised city commissioners on Tuesday by pulling his request for a $300,000 loan guarantee. By Chad Lawhorn
New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it’s safer, city official says
08:26 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
The Wakarusa roundabout intersecting Inverness and Legends drives has been twisting traffic in the three weeks since its completion. City Engineer David Cronin said that’s the reason roundabouts are preferable to traffic lights or four-way stops: safety. The roundabout’s design keeps speeds low and reduces the number of “conflict points,” or opportunities for collision, thus reducing the likelihood of an injury accident, Cronin said. By Caitlin Doornbos
Field of candidates for Lawrence City Commission, school board elections set
05:46 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:31 p.m.
At the Tuesday filing deadline, 14 candidates had signed up for three at-large seats on the City Commission, and four candidates will contend for a two-year term on the school board and seven other candidates will compete for four four-year terms on the board. The 14 candidates for the City Commission is the largest field in at least a decade, according to records from the Douglas County clerk’s office.
Lawrence attorney, opponent of police headquarters sales tax files for City Commission
04:38 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A Lawrence attorney who was a leader of the group that opposed a new sales tax for a police headquarters project has filed for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.By Chad Lawhorn