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Developer, proposed Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel involved in company that owes $3.4M in back taxes, fees

Seuferling quote;
"This is not a speculative development project"

- Bliss LC (Fritzel) formed 7/19/2012

- 6 1/2 month old, unknown financial ability

- Never built a softball stadium

- Never built a soccer stadium

- Never developed KU- NCAA track and field facilities.

- KUEA reportedly giving Fritzel/Bliss a no-bid-contract on all infrastructure to serve Rock Chalk Park without detailed plans and specifications or independent cost estimates.

- Six month old Bliss LC (Fritzel) is granted by this city commission an intent to issue up to 40 million in IRB's to build his project: of yet to be released plans and specifications or any independent cost estimates.

- City also has authorized Bliss to proceed with construction KUEA land.....

- Not Speculative?????

Seuferling has been bamboozled---
a major embarrassment for KU.

Where's the Board of Directors???

February 3, 2013 at 12:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won't profit from the KU sports complex

Notice: Resolution 7002 on the agenda for approval this Tuesday night.

Section 8. Authorization to Proceed. Bliss is hereby authorized to proceed with the acquiring, constructing and equipping of the Project, including the necessary planning and engineering for the Project and entering into of contracts and purchase orders in connection therewith, and to advance such funds as may be necessary to accomplish such purposes, and, to the extent permitted by law and upon compliance with the other requirements of this Resolution, Bliss may be reimbursed for all expenditures paid or incurred therefor out of the proceeds of the Bonds

Your city commissioners are rushing authorization for Fritzel to start construction, ignoring city policies and procedures for public incentives and not divulging contents of agreements containing taxpayers obligations and costs.

Disgusting.....

January 19, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU portion of Rock Chalk Park project wins approval at Lawrence City Hall; KU Relays could be at site by 2014

Could investors be baling out Fritzel and themselves by driving this project from the inside. Thomas Fritzel under Fort Development LLC. developed a residential subdivision called Olivia Farms in Junction City. Fritzel is currently running from paying millions of dollars for three years of delinquent real estate taxes and special assessments owed Junction City. Two members of the Fort Development LLC group are well positioned within KU Endowment, one as a KU Endowment Executive Committee member and another as a KU Endowment Trustees.

Conflict of interest?

January 9, 2013 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods calls for citywide election on recreation center project

Schumm became more comfortable with Fritzel's bidding process after the $50,000 dollar fine was levied from Fritzel for the Varsity House site plan violations.

January 4, 2013 at 9:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, KU Endowment discussing new bidding process for recreation center project

One of the people who started CadreLawrence is Paul Werner. Werner is Thomas Fritzel's puppet just like KU, Schumm, Dever, and Corliss. If his mouth is open he's lying about something.

December 22, 2012 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, KU Endowment discussing new bidding process for recreation center project

Christmas came early for Mike Stultz. Just heard KUEA closed on the sale of his land Friday. Thomas Fritzel and KUEA must be very confident they will receive the zoning and over 12 million dollars worth of infrastructure from the city they need. Looks like the deal was done behind closed doors and will be voted on (acted out ) by the city commission during the next few weeks for the public. Unbelievable...

December 22, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel entity, not KU, will own stadiums and facilities at proposed Rock Chalk sports complex

Would the donors approve of the additional wear and tear caused by uses other then the primary use the facilities were designed to handle, sports verse concerts, festivals, monster truck races, etc... The money for the lease payments will come from current and future donations made to KU Athletics and KU Endowment. The day to day operational cost of these facilities will be paid for by KU Athletics with money that was donated. Think about it.

December 13, 2012 at 1:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel entity, not KU, will own stadiums and facilities at proposed Rock Chalk sports complex

Interesting, are any of Thomas Fritzel's partners associated with KU Athletics or KU Endowment. Do any of his partners or friends sit on boards of these organizations. KU Athletics board of directors would have voted to allow Sheahon Zenger to lease facilities from Fritzel, right? Who are these board members?

December 13, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel entity, not KU, will own stadiums and facilities at proposed Rock Chalk sports complex


“We’re partners in this overall plan, though, and I want to know what we’re getting into,” Schumm said. “I don’t want it to be so open ended that it ties our hands on being able to operate the facility.”

Partners?
Schumm is leading the City, if the City is in a partnership with Thomas Fritzel how can Schumm say he doesn't know whats in those agreements.

December 13, 2012 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel entity, not KU, will own stadiums and facilities at proposed Rock Chalk sports complex

Thomas Fritzel's greed, KU Athletics questionable leadership and KU Endowment out right duping the citizens of Lawrence might not derail the part KU wants to lease from Fritzel but they have destroyed any chances of the community having a regional recreation center. How do they go about building the trust needed for the public to allow the City to deal with any of them on a 25 million dollar building especially if Fritzel is involved. Talk about selfishness. The elected officials and City staff are to blame, I think we have learned to expect this type of behavior from KU management. When is enough, enough. No tax dollars for incentives or infrastructure should be spent on this project. It can't be said it's for the University of Kansas, they have already made their deal with Fritzel.

Now its public, Fritzel will be KU's landlord, no gifts from the heart, no philanthropy, no angel investors, its just another for-profit business deal.

December 12, 2012 at 10:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )