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$42 million Lawrence police facility and staffing needs could require both sales and property tax increases

Riverfront, LLC has offered to sell the City of Lawrence the roughly 66,000 square foot building on the west end( next to city hall) of the Riverfront mall. The price is listed at $6 million with existing covered parking. Although I understand that I am not completely objective regarding this location, the City could re-purpose the building for the library and the new police station for less than 20 million plus up fit, all on city owned land.

June 18, 2012 at 8:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Police Dept. needs total $42M and likely would require both sales and property tax increases; new report warns of homeless problems downtown once shelter leaves; tennis talk deferred

I got to believe a combo deal could save 15 or 20 million from the current wish list. That would cover a lot of taxes, plus you could sell the current library to a( hopeful) grocery store and get it on the tax roles. I just think it needs careful thought

June 18, 2012 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Police Dept. needs total $42M and likely would require both sales and property tax increases; new report warns of homeless problems downtown once shelter leaves; tennis talk deferred

Riverfront, LLC has offered to sell the City of Lawrence the roughly 66,000 square foot building on the west end( next to city hall) of the Riverfront mall. The price is listed at $6 million with existing covered parking. Although I understand that I am not completely objective regarding this location, the City could re-purpose the building for the library and the new police station for less than 20 million plus up fit, all on city owned land.

June 18, 2012 at 4:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Have you spotted a bear recently in Douglas County?

A week ago on the river trail I honestly thought I saw bear scat on the trail, but dismissed it as no way

June 13, 2012 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown damage from Final Four celebration not too bad

Jayhawk fans don't rush the court
We show appreciation on Mass
Show them we are not like Mizzery
Party Positive

March 27, 2012 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cancer fighter receives caroling surprise

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Becky

December 24, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission considers need for new police department building

I am biased, but I will say it again. The riverfront mall, on city land, with a large parking deck, could house the new library and police station for way less the the library alone

June 15, 2011 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Great Barbeque!

May 7th , Sertoma BBQ, 31st and Louisiana, people choice tasting, five bucks and you can taste 24 teams pork and brisket, Nationally know teams putting out their food for the public,, great BBQ

March 30, 2011 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1.2M design contract for new library approved by Lawrence City Commission; city to consider costs of adding extras to plans

The voters have spoken, but in hindsight, I sure think this should of received more attention, especially now that you could make an argument for moving the desired train depot function 100 yards into the east end of the lower mall and have an additional 108 parking stalls on on city land

$1.7 million: Buy Abe and Jakes. 20,000 square feet, large public entertaining, reading, meeting, and coffee shop space on the river, on city land.
$4.5 million: Buy the west half of the Riverfront Plaza. Three levels, 70,000 square feet, 230 cat-5 Ethernet wired computer stations, 500 parking stalls, all on city land.
$5 million: Renovate the 40,000 square feet on floors one and two at $125/square foot.
For $11 million, Lawrence could have a beautiful 90,000-square-foot library, on the river, with a 500-stall existing parking structure, all on city-owned land and enhancing the city’s relationship to the river. And the community library still would be downtown.
All work could be done with no interruption to current library operations. The city then could sell the existing library space to help finance the project. Who knows? Possibly a downtown grocery might materialize.

February 9, 2011 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )