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IT company buying west Lawrence building to expand; plans filed for new indoor baseball facility; Cottonwood to honor businesses

Chad Lawhorn

Often I need something akin to divine intervention to get my computer to work properly, so perhaps it is fitting that a growing IT company is buying a west Lawrence church building to expand its business. (Note: I have found pouring holy water on your keyboard is largely counterproductive.) A ...

New report shows Lawrence's economic growth is tops in Kansas and Missouri

Chad Lawhorn

I know when I’m on the treadmill it is sometimes hard for me to tell when I’ve caught my second wind. (Sometimes I have problems hearing the beeping of the defibrillator.) But there is a new set of numbers that is making it clearer that Lawrence’s economy is catching its ...

Local vo-tech school gets new leader, plans to more than double enrollment

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s Peaslee Tech has hired a new executive director, and he has a plan to grow the vo-tech school to more than 1,000 students in the next three to five years. Kevin Kelley, who begins as executive director on Oct. 2, also can tell you why the glue on an ...

Update on student apartment project that plans to locate next to day care center

Chad Lawhorn

Although it kind of has the makings of a good reality television show, the idea of a large student apartment complex surrounding a day care center has some obvious negatives. You may recall, though, there is a Lawrence plan that calls for such a project. Recently I [reported][1] on an ...

A new report raises the question of whether Lawrence has gotten much, much richer; new statistics for the state and a new ranking

Chad Lawhorn

Congratulations, Lawrence residents. You are rolling in it. The ‘it,’ of course, is money. At least that is what a new Census report suggests. The Census Bureau through its American Community Survey program this week released its latest one-year snapshot of Lawrence and other communities. The report shows that the ...

Dillons on 23rd Street plans some renovations; redevelopment of former Jock's Nitch building continues

Chad Lawhorn

Look for some changes at the Dillons store on 23rd Street. No, Amazon is not buying the store as part of its plan to take over the grocery world and start delivering food via drones. (What’s the big deal? Flying food in my house is common, although it doesn’t involve ...

City sales tax collections continue to grow, but at slower pace than past years

Chad Lawhorn

The plan to grow the city’s sales tax coffers by filling Memorial Stadium had a bit of a setback this weekend. Regardless, the latest report shows the city’s sales tax collections are still growing, although not as rapidly as in past years. Plus, I still think something positive will come ...

Another project hoping to attract retirees files plans in west Lawrence; looking at whether local Gap store will close

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the ghost of a Furr’s cafeteria roams the intersection of Sixth and Queens Road. Maybe it was the site of Lawrence’s first canasta game. Whatever the reason, the intersection is becoming a magnet for retirees and other senior living projects. As we have reported, construction is underway on the ...

Large student housing company floating plans for big apartment complex in south Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for more students near one of the busiest intersections in Lawrence. A Rhode Island-based company is seriously considering building a major new apartment complex near the Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street intersection. An entity called Gilbane Development Co. has begun talking with neighbors about a plan to build ...

Local home sales pick up the pace in July; restaurant with a famous connection kind of coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The seasons are changing, and for new Lawrence homeowners that usually produces a change in heart. You buy a house in July and rave about the tree-filled neighborhoods and all the shade. By Labor Day you are delighted with the hint of fall color. By Halloween — when the leaves ...

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