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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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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

KSA_21_3503 (Anonymous) says: Oh god, someone wants to open a business: we need to debate it for 10 years.And you people wonder why there aren't any decent jobs in Lawrence"Marion writes:I don't wonder; I have known for years but rejecting any and all business is what the Pseueo-liberal/Neo-socialists want!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

tangential_reasoners_anonymous (Anonymous) says:Remember Sunset Drive-In?----Did we go there too?My memory is getting so old!:)

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KSA_21_3503 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh god, someone wants to open a business: we need to debate it for 10 years.And you people wonder why there aren't any decent jobs in Lawrence...

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

LogicMan (Anonymous) says: How about the northeast corner of Wakarusa and Clinton instead? It's zoned for retail use, if I'm remembering correctly,----I don't know if its multi res or retail, but the problem with that corner is the terrain. It's lower than street level, and just gets lower as it heads inland. They would need to drop the state of Maryland in there to make it level, and then the place would settle and crack for all time to come.If it was useable/feasible, someone would have snatched it up long ago.IMH (two contractor family)O.____nobody1793 (Anonymous) says: Wasn't that whole area under water in '93?----------This whole area had flooding problems (my brother was one of original out SW developers, and people were shocked that anyone would build anywhere SW of Kasold and 23rd.)When this land was sold, the city required the massive drainage ditch that you can see running through that cornerland, and to the south. It leads out to the little lake off of 27th.Lots of grading was done in the entire section between Crossgate and Inverness to help that problem. LOTS!Also,The pond few knew about that was under the S Aberdeen apartments was removed. (Where all the rain water that came off of this hill drained to.)No more deer, coyotes, and other wildlife in our backyards anymore, so sad.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

Lemmee ge this straight......In this era of very expensive gasoline, you want to complain about not having to drive all the way across town to pick up a scrip?The haters are out and on the prowl!What do the haters really care?They hate corporations, they hate business, they hate capitalism, they hate your money and want to tell you how you should "redistribute" it, they hate success and will do anything that they can do to prevent any person or company to be successful if that person or company does not fit into their very narrow Socialist world view.Lawrence is infested with such people and there is at least one of these on the City Commission and one on the County Commission.Get rid of them on the commissions and ignore the Brethern of Lenin as they spout from their soap boxes!

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Ragingbear 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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nobody1793 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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LogicMan 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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BigPrune 5 years, 9 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.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 9 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.

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macon47 5 years, 9 months ago

the used to think the state of kansas was "out west" whats the diff?i thought walgreens was building at 27 and iowawhere the chinese place closed up across from sears??like how many drug/dime stores do we need?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Remember when Iowa was West Lawrence and Sunset Hill was the boonies!Russell's East seemed out of town.---I say let them build it. This area was robbed when they limited the shopping areas. Some folks don't have time or physical ability to handle a shopping trip in a big store like HyVee.Walgreen's selection is much better than say, the Miller Mart which is our next option.I drove into town today from out SW here, and if my settings are correct, it cost me $2.00 just for the trip East of Iowa. We used to think, "Nifty, the trafficway takes us right to the shopping", but now, that's a long way to drive! A fast food place wouldn't be out of line either.FYI, the area where the South Aberdeen Apartments are, was represented to many new buyers out here as where they were going to put a strip mall, fast food, etc. And that was part of the 'sell' factor.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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OnlyTheOne 5 years, 9 months ago

Remember when Kasold used to begin "West Lawrence?"

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l_town_playa 5 years, 9 months ago

WalGreens > WalMartThis would actually benefit the community and add convenience. Thus, it won't happen in Lawrence.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 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.

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Take_a_letter_Maria 5 years, 9 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.

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 9 months ago

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

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 9 months ago

Warning... more Wal-to-Wal carping ahead...

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Raider 5 years, 9 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.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 9 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.

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