Sound Off

Sound Off: About a year ago, the city promised to redo the Breezedale entrance sign at 23rd and Massachusetts streets. Two corners are beautiful, and the other two are in disrepair. We were told the cost of $40,000 would be in this year’s budget. So far, we haven’t seen it. What’s going on?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: “The city has not promised to perform specific work at the Breezedale entrance. There have not been funds allocated in the current budget for repairs. Instead, the city has tried to identify grant funding that could pay for the project but grant funding has not been successful to date.”


Joe Hyde 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure it's been written about many times before and I missed it, but I'd like to see a history story about Breezedale. Very pretty name that conjurs moonlit summer nights with light south winds blowing into sleeping rooms.

I'll bet in its heyday Breezedale sat at the extreme south end of Lawrence, almost out in the country. Living there would have been really cool (up until it got enveloped by sprawl/development in the 1960s/1970s).

KS 6 years, 2 months ago

Why should the City pay for this? Should it not be the responsibility of the adjacent property owners?

Dusty Murphy 6 years, 2 months ago

Probably because it's on the register of historic places. If one of the residents decided to fix it up themselves it could be a violation of whatever federal laws apply to that sort of thing.

JackMcKee 6 years, 2 months ago

just tell the neighbors to go buy a big rock. It's all the rage.

Size 6 years, 2 months ago

KS - west side at least is wholly within the city right of way, and it is on the historic register with the city as the owner of record. we can't touch it - it's city property. we've had many conversations with the city - dating back to meetings with mike wildgen, also with the city's historic resources administrator. they are aware of the poor condition and actively trying to find a source for funding the repairs, but money is tight, and there are many deserving projects.

Joe - I have a picture from 1912 taken at the intersection of 23rd and mass that shows the original development (by Charles Sutton) - you can see the buildings on the Haskell campus from the intersection, and there are a few farm houses sprinkled around. Sutton also somehow managed to get the street car line extended out to Breezedale (as shown in the picture). The development never really expanded beyond the 5 original houses along Mass (at the time), so the remaining lots were sold.

Jack - after a smashed car rolled over the bushes just west of the bench, and hit our front porch...I'm considering the big rock idea!

Mike Sizemore - 2301 Mass.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 2 months ago

If you install the big rock, Jack will insist that you explain what it really "represents".

That rock really gets his goat. Just like the Geezer law firm downtown that have the Brady Bunch family's furniture in their offices.

JackMcKee 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm just mad I didn't invited to drink Fresca and eat ginger snaps and watch KU on the cabinet style 32" tube TV. I hear the plastic slip covers aren't very comfortable though.

JackMcKee 6 years, 2 months ago

Mike, it sounds like the big rock is the way to go.

Size 6 years, 2 months ago

i'll buy a 6 of fresca and keep you posted on the dedication ceremony.

jafs 6 years, 2 months ago

I wonder why this has to be so expensive - seems to me that one could just re-paint the sign without replacing it completely, for a lot less than $40K.

And, even if one did replace it, $40K seems like too much.

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