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Is spending $17.5 million dollars on an apartment complex near Allen Fieldhouse too much?

Asked at Dillons on Massachusetts Street on January 16, 2014

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Photo of John Kennedy

“I think that’s excessive. It’d be a nice thing for the kids, but it’s excessive.”

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“It’s probably a little excessive, considering they have [Jayhawk Towers], which is basically the same thing.”

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“It’s a good thing as long as it doesn’t raise tuition any more.”

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“I think it’s great. Anything to build up the university and bring opportunities to Lawrence is a good thing.”


Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 4 months ago

Jayhawk Towers is for athletics, and the new apartment building would be for all the students. However, enrollment at KU is falling so I wonder if this is really needed. I am thinking that KU wants to attract students lving in other parts of town. If they can offer reasonable rent in a high rent town I imagine students would take advantage of this.

The location is good and you know what they say about that.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 4 months ago

Leslie, they were talking about this on KANU this morning. The KUAC said it would be paid for with Private Money and Bonds. It will house Mostly KU athletes with Room for a few Other students. 66 units comes to about $265,000 a unit. Not sure what Rent would be. Probably a lot of the occupants will be scholarship recipients.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

If mostly athletes live in Jayhawk Towers will this new venture pull those athletes from Jayhawk towers? In general isn't there enough of this type of reckless building taking place throughout Lawrence,Kansas?

Lawrence is being flooded with apartments,hotels and office space. IN the long term flooded markets are a negative.

Bonds? Who is providing the bonds? Taxpayers should not be backing any bonds.

Is this being built out of necessity or is it spending more in hopes of attracting some kind of magical football team?

Is this pork barrel spending?

$17.5 million could be seed money for academic scholarships?

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 4 months ago

Not sure about the Football team but the commentator on the radio show spoke of an indoor Half-court Basketball court as part of the plan. Good Question about the Bonds. I had the same thought.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Another basketball court? For a sport that can destroy knees? Bring on higher medical rates? Some needing pain killers just to get through the rest of their lives?

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