Town Talk

Update on future of former Ramada Inn site; gasoline prices ahead of holiday weekend, and why Lawrence envies Topeka

Chad Lawhorn

If you have booked your mother-in-law to stay in Lawrence’s Ramada Inn this Labor Day weekend, good for you. Bad for your mother-in-law. In case you haven’t noticed, the former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa streets is largely torn down. I’ve been getting several questions about what the ...

New multimillion dollar medical building set for west Lawrence; future of Clinton Parkway interchange may spark a battle

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know what you west Lawrence residents are doing, but the medical community sure thinks you need its help. The area around the west Lawrence intersection of Sixth and Folks Road is becoming quite the medical hub, and a new million dollar-plus project aims to add to it. Plans ...

Another national chicken chain files plans for south Iowa Street; shopping center near 25th and Iowa to undergo major renovations

Chad Lawhorn

The next time I’m driving down south Iowa Street, I think there is a good chance that I’ll replace my seat cushion with a nest of straw and start sprouting feathers. Yes, that’s my way of telling you there is another chicken restaurant coming to south Iowa, and it is ...

New running shop to open downtown; signs that Eldridge expansion set to begin; restaurant work begins in former Round Corner drug space

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new reason for the Lawrence running community to be excited, and it is not just because my family has banned me from ever leaving the house again in short shorts. A new business duo is opening a locally owned running supply store. J. Jenkins and Grant Catloth are ...

SLT project would create major changes for west Lawrence traffic; city auditor urges more protection of certain City Hall files

Chad Lawhorn

I already have enough arguments with my GPS when I’m in west Lawrence. But if the Kansas Department of Transportation expands the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway to four lanes, I may have even more. KDOT leaders will be in Lawrence on Tuesday to brief city officials [on ...

Lawrence firm seeks to expand in East Hills; city set to appoint chair to lead commissioner vacancy board; fire sprinklers to be debated for animal facilities

Chad Lawhorn

There is a deal brewing for a new manufacturer to locate in the East Hills Business Park. As we reported in June, Lawrence-based Prosoco has formed a new company that will make high-tech walls and panels for companies that want to build highly energy efficient homes and structures. As we ...

Home sales up; housing construction hits recent high; sales tax numbers strong but create some budget worries at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

As a quick homework conversation with my seventh-grade son confirmed, junior high math has surpassed me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do some calculations to determine the state of the Lawrence economy. So, here’s a look at the latest batch of numbers. • The housing market in Lawrence ...

Stoddard won't be candidate for Lawrence city manager post; Chick-fil-A sets date for South Iowa street opening

Chad Lawhorn

This news just in from Lawrence City Hall: Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard won’t be a candidate for the open city manager’s position in Lawrence. Stoddard sent out a message to employees updating them on several City Hall matters. In that message she said “after significant reflection and discussions with ...

Planners looking at trading some downtown parking spots for additional bicycle parking; Alvamar redevelopment recommended for approval by planning commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is time to start trading some car parking spots in downtown Lawrence for some bicycle parking spots. Maybe it is time for me to start wearing my cowboy hat and chaps when riding a bike to downtown. There is an idea floating around that could lead to both ...

How controversial killing of Cecil the lion may boost local start-up company; get ready to add Haskell Lane to your city map

Chad Lawhorn

A Douglas County startup company may receive a boost from, of all things, that infamous Zimbabwe hunting trip that killed Cecil the lion. Don’t get me wrong: Dennis Steinman, founder of Lecompton-based Iron Mountain Products, isn’t advocating you go kill a beloved lion. But if you do, you should do ...

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