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City delays action on $40 million bond issue for Rock Chalk Park

"Anderson described the issue as a "buy your own bonds deal," meaning that developer Thomas Fritzel's company Bliss Sports would be both the tenant and the bond purchaser. "

There are a lot of blanks in these documents the city is rushing to approve, why doesn't the city know before the vote how much of the up to 40 million dollars of IRB's Thomas Fritzel will purchase? Can he purchase more then his actual costs, if so, can he use the funds for other projects.

October 2, 2013 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City delays action on $40 million bond issue for Rock Chalk Park

"The only purpose of channeling the money through IRB's, he said, was to make the project legally eligible for a 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement and a sales tax exemption."

This city commission and this city staff are working so hard to make this project eligible for real estate tax abatement. Why?

Thomas Fritzel (Bliss Sports LLC) will own the track stadium, soccer field and a softball field and lease the use of them to KU Athletics Inc. Both of these entities are private for-profit companies neither are eligible for real estate tax abatement.

Schumm, Dever, and Corliss are using their powerful positions to direct the use of public funds and secure approvals of documents that make this project eligible for tax abatement and receive millions of dollars in additional public incentives. Why?

The citizens of Lawrence deserve and should demand an independent investigation into the dealings of the parties involved with the Rock Chalk Park project. No further actions should be taken by the city until this investigation is complete and the results released to the public. Parties include Mike Stultz (the land seller), city commissioners (Dever, Schumm, Carter, Cromwell, Amyx, Farmer, Riordan, Johnson) city staff (Corliss), KU Athletics Inc, Sheahon Zenger, Bill Self, KU Endowment, Thomas and Dru Fritzel, John T. Stuart, to name a few.

October 2, 2013 at 12:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider issuing industrial revenue bonds for Rock Chalk Park project

There will be an investigation into the actions of those involved sooner or later. When a non-profit 501-c3 such as KU Endowment provides the opportunity for a for-profit such as Bliss LLC (Thomas Fritzel) to profit from its actions the endowment program has crossed the line. The Fritzel's and related families members John T. Stuart should not personally benefit or profit from the maneuvers and actions by KU Endowment. In the case of Rock Chalk Park they are, KU Endowment has mislead their donors and taxpayers of Lawrence.

October 1, 2013 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider issuing industrial revenue bonds for Rock Chalk Park project

Surferling president of KU Endowment had to refer questions to Sheahon Zenger athletic director, he won't talk. Fritzel declined to comment, Fritzel's attorney couldn't determine anything. David Corliss wasn't sure whats included.

If KU Endowment's president, KU's Athletics director, Fritzel, Fritzel's attorney, and the city manager Dave Corliss aren't sure, don't know, won't comment, refer to others........ who knows what the hell is going on.

There should be a investigation into the dealings that lead to the use of taxpayers money for this project. Fritzel as been treated as if he was KU. The folks at KU have promoted this type of deal so their developer received this treatment.

This is a private for profit project where KU is only a tenant that pays rent.

September 30, 2013 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Concrete work begins on Rock Chalk Park rec center; city hopes Bill Self event will open center next year

Chad, on second thought don't waste your time asking Mr Shaw, go straight to Bob Schumm , MIke Dever , Dave Corliss, and Hugh Carter they got the city in this mess. These four guys along with KU AD. Sheahon Zenger and KUEA leaders and trusties should be questioned under oath about discussion regarding this public funded project that where had outside of public meetings.

Kansas Open Meeting Act: K.S.A. 75-4317.
The open meetings principle is based on the belief that the people have a right to
know the public business; and Information is essential to the effective functioning of our democratic process.
Bodies Subject to the Act:
Applies to all legislative and administrative bodies, state agencies and political and taxing subdivisions; Which receive or expend and are supported in whole or in part by public funds.

Local riff-raff, corrupt to the end.

September 12, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Concrete work begins on Rock Chalk Park rec center; city hopes Bill Self event will open center next year

"Parks and recreation officials said 15 weekends through the end of 2015 already have been spoken for."

Chad, please ask Mr Shaw, what the fee is to reserve a weekend in the rec center. If he already has 15 weekends filled, what are the events, do any need special permits. Seems Parks and Rec has a lot going on, how are they marketing the space. I have looked everywhere and can't find any information.

Could all this be Parks and Rec using the space for their own events or events that are already in Lawrence looking for a new space. Are these really NEW events that will draw participants and spectators from outside of Lawrence.

September 12, 2013 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big permit for Rock Chalk Park helps push city building totals to new highs

"The city thus far in 2013 has issued permits for four projects that exceed $10 million in value. They are: The Rock Chalk Park sports complex at $31 million and counting; the Marriott TownPlace Hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire at $13.8 million; the apartment complex next to Walmart at 5100 W. Sixth St. at $13 million; and the city's recreation center at Rock Chalk Park at $10.5 million."

Don't forget the permit fee for both Rock Caulk Park and the recreation center project are being reimbursed to Fritzel . Those permits should not be considered as the taxpayers are not receiving any benefit form either project.

September 11, 2013 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Menards files plans to add another 8 acres to development near 31st and Iowa

Doug Brown a local realtor was involved with the sale of land in north Lawrence to the Delaware Tribe and also the recent sale of land south of the the SLT on Iowa. Maybe he knows what is planned. Could the Delaware Tribe purchased the land on south Iowa too?

August 22, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Menards files plans to add another 8 acres to development near 31st and Iowa

So - Menards needs additional land for additional retail space? Menards just bought 46 acres, they are only using 16 acres of it for their store with 30 acres left to sell or lease, now they need another 8 acres for more retail.... 175,000sf plus another 175,000sf is 350,000sf new retail on south Iowa not counting the current empty's along that stretch of road that could be leased.

This, plus the land on the south east corner of 10 Hwy and Iowa st (Armstrong land) that is asking for 500,000sf of retail should just about finish off downtown as we know it.

What next? a casino

August 21, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Idea for Rock Chalk Village springs up for property near Rock Chalk Park

Brown paper sacks full of cash.

August 7, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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