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Industrial sites to get hearings; foreclosures up in Douglas County; homeless shelter releases statistics


News and notes from around town:

• A pair of proposals to add more industrial ground northwest of Lawrence soon will have their first public hearings. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Oct. 25 will hear a request to rezone 120 acres at East 700 and North 1800 roads from agricultural to light industrial. As previously reported, the 120 acres is the proposed site for a $21 million warehouse for Berry Plastics.

On Oct. 27, the planning commission will consider annexation and rezoning requests for 51 acres at North 1800 and East 1000 roads. The property owners are seeking to have the site rezoned from agricultural to general industrial. This property once was up for consideration as a site for the Berry warehouse but was not chosen. The development group — Venture Properties — however, said it wants to continue with the rezoning so it will be available to other potential users in the future.

Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence City Hall.

• According to the Douglas County Clerk’s office, today — Oct. 18 — is the last chance to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election. Registration can be done online, here. Advance voting already has begun.

• A new report from the Douglas County Appraiser’s office shows home foreclosures in Douglas County are up significantly in 2010. Through the end of August, the number of foreclosure sales conducted in the county was 164. That’s up from 80 during the same time period in 2009.

• The Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees will be adding a new face. Jane Blocher, the executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, is expected to be appointed to the board by city commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. Also at their Tuesday meeting, commissioners are expected to appoint Thomas Christie to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

• New statistics are out for the Lawrence Community Shelter. In a report to city commissioners, shelter leaders report that from March through August law enforcement officers were called to the downtown shelter 34 times, and emergency response crews were called 14 times. Other statistics in the report include: 22 guests obtained jobs during the time period; 28 guests obtained housing; 274 individuals used the shelter’s day services; 362 individuals used its night services.

• Also from the shelter, new information about its fund-raising efforts. A J-W article on Friday reported that a new $540,000 matching grant put the shelter more than halfway toward its $3 million goal. Shelter leaders since have done some more figuring and are announcing that the grant now has fund-raising efforts two-thirds of the way complete.

• Yes, that is pink you are seeing Lawrence firefighters wearing. Through Saturday, members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical department will be wearing bright pink t-shirts as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. The department also will be selling the shirts, with proceeds to go towards fighting breast cancer. For more information, call Fire Station No. 3, 832-7630.

• The city of Lawrence has announced plans for an electronic recycling event. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Free State High parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive. The event is for small electronic devices, often which have lead, mercury or other material that is not recommended for landfills. The event is largely free, although fees will be charged to accept computer monitors and televisions. The fee for monitors is $10, and for television $15.

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somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey LJW - there is something wrong with the 2nd part of this story. The 51 acres at N1800 and E1000 is NOT the same acreage that was previously rezoned. This is a NEW plot of ground (same owners) and the notice said they were wanting Commercial Zoning. This plot is the SW corner of that intersection while the other ground is 155 acres on the NW corner of N1800 and E900 roads.

BTW - has there been any re-zoning for the land north of N1800 @ E1000 where the Cyclotrone fields have been put in and a state championship is planned?????

Chad Lawhorn 4 years, 11 months ago

I wasn't trying to imply that the 51 acres was part of the 155 acres on the northwest corner of N 1800 and E 900 roads. It is not. But it was another site that Berry considered for a site for its warehouse. It became an option after the 155 acres at N 1800 and E 900 became tied up in lawsuits. Sorry for any confusion. Chad Lawhorn Journal-World

somebodynew 4 years, 11 months ago

Chad - OK, I understand (and wish they would have chosen that one) but I was told by a neighbor that it was supposed to be for Commerical, and I see on the agenda it is for Annexation.

formerlyanonymous 4 years, 11 months ago

Foreclosures have doubled this year compared to last year! It's not like 2009 was an "easy" economic year....

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

• A new report from the Douglas County Appraiser’s office shows home foreclosures in Douglas County are up significantly in 2010. Through the end of August, the number of foreclosure sales conducted in the county was 164. That’s up from 80 during the same time period in 2009.

---Chad, this doesn't deserve its own feature??? there's a lot of people, money, property, neighborhoods tied up in them houses there guy!

also, that's a lot of calls to the shelter. again a proper story is really deserved: is this down from previous times or same time last year? yet more people impacted, "guests" but also tax paying lawrencians.

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