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Proposed West Lawrence Walgreens to be debated

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Whether a Walgreens should locate on the corner of Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive may be the next battle to play out in front of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. Planning commissioners at their Monday evening meeting are scheduled to hear a request to allow the drug store to locate on the southwest corner of the intersection. The location would put the drugstore near a multitude of apartments and houses that have developed in the area in recent years, but staff members of the planning department are recommending denial of the project. Planning staff members said the city's comprehensive plan, Horizon 2020, does not call for retail development on that corner. Instead, it calls for a mix of residential or office development on the site. Planners also have expressed concern that the street network in the area may encounter problems if a retail business adds significant amounts of traffic in the area. But developers and some neighbors have argued that having a drugstore within walking distance may decrease the need for some area residents to make frequent trips on Clinton Parkway. Planning commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Planning commissioners also will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. Items up for discussion at that meeting include:¢ A conditional use permit request for Pyramid Place Early Education Center at 2295 N. 1300 Road. The nonprofit childcare center would be located within the Family of Faith Fellowship Church building. The childcare center would be licensed to serve 40 children. ¢ A conditional use permit request for country store at Lone Star Lake Bison Ranch at 588 N. 300 Road. The ranch, which is along U.S. Highway 56 east of Overbrook, would sell bison meat raised on the property. It also seeks to sell eggs, beef and bison-related T-shirts and gift items. ¢ A request from Douglas County commissioners to change the minimum amount of acreage needed to build a house in an agriculturally zoned area. County commissioners are seeking the minimum amount of land needed to build along: a minor collector road to decrease from 5 acres to 3 acres: a major collector or minor arterial road from 10 acres to 5 acres; and from a principal arterial road from 20 acres to 10 acres. There are other requirements besides the minimum acreage that must be met before a person can build a home in an agriculturally zoned district.

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nobody1793 6 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't that whole area under water in '93?

Take_a_letter_Maria 6 years, 5 months ago

Raider (Anonymous) says: Unfortunately, Pandora's Box was opened with the Wal-mart fiasco. If a big retailer wants to go in now, all they have to do is file a lawsuit. This is just the beginning.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The difference being that the site for the new Wal-Mart was zoned for that use while the proposed site for the Walgreen's is not.As for access to a pharmacy nearby, HyVee isn't all that far from the Clinton Parkway/Crossgate drive intersection and it has a pharmacy. There also used to be a pharmacy in the building next to LMH South (don't know if it's still there or not. In either case it's only another two blocks to walk if your excuse for wanting the Walgreen's is to have a pharmacy within walking distance.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 5 months ago

Rumor has it that Massachusetts once demarcated "West Lawrence."

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 5 months ago

"Remember when Iowa was West Lawrence and Sunset Hill was the boonies!"Remember Sunset Drive-In?One source suggests there are only half-a-dozen drive-ins left in Kansas.

Ragingbear 6 years, 5 months ago

If they want to build one there, they will need to close the one on 6th and Kasold.

Raider 6 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, Pandora's Box was opened with the Wal-mart fiasco. If a big retailer wants to go in now, all they have to do is file a lawsuit. This is just the beginning.

BigPrune 6 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence needs the sales tax dollars. Let Walgreen's build. Lawrence has way too many empty office buildings and way too many apartments with high vacancies. Of course, Walgreen's will get turned down, though the City's guideline Horizon 2020 was outdated the day it rolled off the presses since it didn't account for all the growth experienced in the booming 1990's.Once they turn this thing down, they should go ahead and raise our property taxes. If it were to get approved, from City imposed delays -expect construction to begin late next year or at the start of 2010. That's why only big corporations can come to town, nobody else has enough money to endure the City's bullsh*t. Isn't it ironic that the anti-corporation people have restricted the little guy from thriving in Lawrence, yet they hate big corporations? I can't wait to see how freaking huge their parking lot will have to be, now.

LogicMan 6 years, 5 months ago

How about the northeast corner of Wakarusa and Clinton instead? It's zoned for retail use, if I'm remembering correctly,

bearded_gnome 6 years, 5 months ago

hey, I have an idea:let the WG go in there, and yank out the roundabout on crossgate, then the area could better handle the traffic! ***"family of Faith Fellowship?" wonder what kind of church this is. when i first read it, I was reminded of that:Freedom Flag Fellowship, the nut belonged to who had her "vessel" stopped on k10 bypass.

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 5 months ago

This Walgreens thing and the WalMart thing are apples and oranges. Except they both involve big evil corporations that eat children.

Ragingbear 6 years, 5 months ago

But if we don't build that Walgreens, where will we go to buy overpriced crud? Oh... probably at one of the other Walgreens splattered across town.

OnlyTheOne 6 years, 5 months ago

Remember when Kasold used to begin "West Lawrence?"

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