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Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is time to sell the house, and I’m not just saying that because I perhaps didn’t keep up on the dish washing quite as well as I had planned while my wife was away this week. No, the real reason is because new Lawrence home sale numbers are ...

New sushi along 23rd Street, new Chinese along Iowa Street; rumors of KC restaurant chain coming to town; figures show positive Kansas income growth

Chad Lawhorn

There are new adventures to be had in Lawrence with chopsticks, and this time I’m almost sure it won’t require a trip to the ear, nose and throat doctor. In other words, there’s news about some new Japanese and Chinese restaurants in the city. Yeah Sushi has opened in the ...

Schumm files plans for new multistory commercial/condo building on Vermont Street; Sprouts set to open; update on Bauer Farm development

Chad Lawhorn

I thought my garden was doing well, but it is no match for the one that sits in the 800 block of Vermont Street. That longtime downtown vegetable garden soon may have a $6 million, four-story office and residential building coming out of the ground. Former Lawrence City Commissioner Bob ...

New plans filed for major shopping center south of SLT and Iowa Street interchange

Chad Lawhorn

Even though I’ve been telling my wife otherwise for years, the “S” in SLT really may stand for shopping after all. A proposal has re-emerged to build a large shopping center at the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street interchange. [As expected][1], plans have been filed at City Hall for ...

Lawrence restaurant selected for national breakfast test; questions emerge about what you can store in your yard; cell tower awaiting approval

Chad Lawhorn

Any test that involves breakfast, I’m game for. After all, my most frequent classroom in college was the cafeteria, and my majors were biscuits and gravy, bacon and elastic waistbands. All this is to say that Lawrence is among a handful of cities where McDonald’s is testing the concept of ...

Shakeup for longtime interior store on South Iowa Street; medical supply company gets new owners, name; retirement center begins expansion

Chad Lawhorn

A storefront in the shopping center at the northwest corner of 27th and Iowa streets is going from one thing that I don’t understand to another — from taxes to drapes. A deal has been reached for longtime retailer Jane Bateman Interiors to move into the spot that has housed ...

New Internet provider seeking to come to Lawrence; residents want new requirements for Ninth Street arts corridor; urban farm battle brewing

Chad Lawhorn

For once, there is a promising Internet deal that doesn’t involve my credit card and chocolatebuytheton.com. Instead, there’s an Internet deal brewing at Lawrence City Hall that may pay immediate dividends for large Internet users in the city, and eventually may benefit regular Web surfers as well. Lawrence City Hall ...

Large comic book, gaming store to open on south Iowa Street; high-tech homebuilding may create new manufacturing jobs for Lawrence firm

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps Allen Fieldhouse won’t be the only famous game venue in Lawrence. A Topeka company has signed a deal to open a south Lawrence comic book shop that also is envisioned to become a regional hub for video game and board game tournaments. I can see the banner on the ...

Update on plans for development near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; roundabout proposed at Wakarusa and Harvard; policy on court usage at Rock Chalk may change

Chad Lawhorn

Let me quash all dreams of an outdoor fun center with go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages and other such features on a prominent piece of West Lawrence property. This is the official notice that we all should return to our previous plan for fun that involves a stiff glass of Metamucil ...

Area construction firm expands, completes deal to open new headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence construction industry may be getting a little more competitive. There’s news of a Eudora-based company expanding through a merger and opening up a new headquarters to accommodate an expected growth in employees. Leaders with Benchmark construction have confirmed they’ve completed a deal to purchase Ron Fowles Construction Management ...

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