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Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

The Springhill is not, not part of the possible deal, it is a separate ownership structure and not for sale

June 2, 2015 at 8:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

The entire mall is in fact for sale, 105,000 ft, but the western 66,000 feet is what we thought might be an interesting alternative for the Police Headquarters, as it currently is housing hundreds of people in modern offices and would need less remodeling, the eastern 40,000 feet could be used for other needs or future growth

June 2, 2015 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

During the huge floods(100 year?) i think it was around 2003?, water lapped at the north west corner of the riverside promenade. To my knowledge, water never has entered the building.

June 2, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

Hi Michelle
the previous proposal was for the mostly un-renovated East side of the Mall, and was for the 90,000 square foot needs request.
This proposal is for the West side currently occupied by wow and Results, 2/3 fully renovated, functioning office, 66,000 feet housing hundreds of people currently. I am all for police getting everything they need to protect Lawrence, i just think this needs a serious look, and the savings could provide for the much needed additional officers in the near future.

June 2, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Best police site

Hi Amy
Multi millions is an exaggeration , but profit is not a dirty word. That being said, I truly believe it would have made sense from a tax payer point of view. I have lived here for 53 years, I love Lawrence and I really believe this site would have been a great site, also cheaper than the current ideas. I don't claim to understand police building architecture , but it basically is a big secure office with areas for storage and some public interaction. This site was in my mind very adaptable. Our numbers for retrofitting the building were in my mind very generous and would likely come in far less costly to the tax payer than a new build. The site is central, it has covered parking( city owned) and the land is owned by the city. We are fine, it is cash flowing positive, this was not an attempt to ditch a bad property. We will continue to redeveloped the entire block. I truly thought this was a good idea, same for the library being there, but hey I lost. I love Lawrence and will continue to live here and try and make it better

August 29, 2014 at 9:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Best police site

Yes i am. We submitted a proposal for the police station, but it was turned down. https://www.facebook.com/lawrencerive...

August 29, 2014 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Best police site

I sure wish they would have given Riverfront more consideration, 90,000 ft with covered parking on city owned land, downtown

August 29, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board eyes other sites for career and technical education center

We have tried to show the city/chamber and school district the 30k square feet of needs and the estimated 60-70k square feet of Adult Vo-Tech needs can be cost efficiently met at the Riverfront building. Big open floor plan, extremely cost efficient to up-fit for classroom and demonstration space, all on city land, with city owned parking deck. Honestly they appear to have zero interest. They believe the weight load of big hands on stuff, ie engine,s air compressors etc, would be too much for the building , even though 45 thousand feet of space is on ground level huge concrete slab

July 8, 2013 at 3:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City ends negotiations to purchase Abe & Jake's building next to City Hall

The police requested covered parking, it has it. On just the west side the 66,000 feet offered at 6 million should be a value vs the 30 or 40 million tab being talked about for same space needs. I know I am not an architect but, it is basically a large office, big flat open spaces , lots of small offices, shouldn't take to much retro to make it a police station, heck double the purchase price and at 12 million it is still a huge savings to the tax payer, on city owned land, with lots of parking. Wibur thinks it is old, the bottom floor has been remodeled several times most recently this year, the top floor was completely remodeled a couple years ago, works great for the current tenants. The only thing i have heard is it is not Class A space, since when, in these times do city offices need to be Class A rated spaces

December 4, 2012 at 3:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City ends negotiations to purchase Abe & Jake's building next to City Hall

not a money pit, sorry you have so many negative opinions about the paper, but the building should have been the library and could be the police station, and would save the tax payers of this city one hell of a lot of money, yep, i would make a profit as well , but the tax payers would save millions

December 4, 2012 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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