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West Lawrence restaurant plans major expansion; details on a Ninth and New Hampshire mishap; Kansas school system gets high ranking

Chad Lawhorn

You bet I’ve got a chop house on my mind, and it is not just because I’ve already spent a good part of my week “helping” my 4-H kids wrangle their hogs at the Douglas County Fair. I’ve got news of a large expansion of a west Lawrence restaurant that ...

Plans filed to build new retirement community near 23rd and O'Connell in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The corner of 23rd and O’Connell may be the latest to try to lure retirees to Lawrence. Plans have been filed to build a 90-unit, independent senior living community near the intersection. Olathe developer Dave Rhodes has filed a plan to develop about nine acres of vacant ground at 2101 ...

Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Maybe there will be bubbles on this 1,000-foot water slide, because the idea of hosting The Urban Slide in a west Lawrence neighborhood quickly is turning into a soap opera. Ryan Robinson, owner of Lawrence-based Silverback Productions, reached out to me today and said he’s now decided ...

1,000-foot waterslide coming to west Lawrence; pair of restaurants win national wine honors; local ADA advocate profiled by Washington Post

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s funkiness is spreading. West Lawrence probably won’t be honking for hemp or hosting zombie walks anytime soon, but a plan has been filed for a busy West Lawrence street to temporarily house a 1,000-foot long water slide. I reported last month that a Lawrence-based company was looking for a ...

A potential danger zone for Lawrence's public transit system; restaurant expansion at Sixth and Wakarusa

Chad Lawhorn

In 2008, it seemed the public transit question in Lawrence was settled. Lawrence residents loved the idea of a city-owned bus system. Voters went to the polls in November of that year with a do-or-die question. Voters were asked to approve a two-tenths of a percent sales tax to fund ...

Golf course, apartment developments under construction in northwest Lawrence; city commissioner gets graphic on Topeka sewage issue

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like Lawrence really is going to get another golf course. I’ve been reporting for years that an Arkansas-based company has filed plans to build a new nine-hole course in northwest Lawrence that will be surrounded by apartments. But now there are actual bulldozers and other equipment clearing the ...

City betting on hotel stays, liquor sales as part of proposed 2016 budget; commissioners receive report on more than $1.5 million in overtime costs for fire, police departments

Chad Lawhorn

Sack out in a Lawrence hotel room, have an extra cocktail every now and then, and tell yourself that you’re doing Lawrence City Hall budget-makers a favor in the process. City commissioners are close to passing a 2016 budget that makes a bet that hotel stays and liquor consumption both ...

Baldwin City firm plans to start offering gigabit Internet service in Lawrence in early 2016; vehicle accident blamed for WOW Internet woes; Wheat State Pizza closes in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A company that is installing super fast broadband service in Baldwin City today, says it likely will begin offering the service in Lawrence in early 2016. Baldwin City-based RG Fiber is close to signing a lease agreement with the city of Lawrence that will give the company access to a ...

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a proposed multimillion dollar senior living complex in West Lawrence are becoming clearer. The developer of the property has confirmed it has entered into a contract for an approximately four-acre site near Sixth and Queens Road. We reported earlier this week that a Minnesota-based development firm was planning ...

Builders on pace to obliterate Lawrence's construction record; city pondering whether to allow digital signs along roadsides

Chad Lawhorn

It is frequent that I break something when I get out my hammer and saw for a building project, and it appears that is the case for Lawrence builders this year too. With half of 2015 in the books, it sure appears Lawrence is going to have a record-breaking construction ...

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