Town Talk

City lands in bidding dispute; commissioners order homeowners to cut down some trees; and other notes from City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

It has been awhile since I’ve done a news and notes version of Town Talk. Let’s take a look at some city issues that are small enough they’ve flown under the radar this month. • When I was a kid, my dad had me convinced that if I used a ...

Plans filed for student apartment complex with more than 700 bedrooms near south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for the next boom in student apartment construction in Lawrence. We reported last month that plans have been filed at City Hall for an approximately 500-bedroom student apartment complex near Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive. Now, plans for a more than 700-bedroom student apartment complex have been filed ...

As city debates incentives for grocery store project, a look at how big a tax break several projects will get from City Hall in 2018

Chad Lawhorn

I’m the first to admit that I don’t know many details about the grocery store business. I spend 90 percent of my time playing with the self-serve machine that makes fresh peanut butter and the other 10 percent buying wipes. I hardly ever see the rest of the store. But ...

Retailer, repair shop of more than 30 years closing down business along 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

Lawnmowers for your yard. Snowblowers for your driveway. Chainsaws for your golf game. For more than 30 years, Lawrence’s Kaw Valley Industrial has been selling those common items at its store along 23rd Street. No more. Kaw Valley Industrial has closed its business at 1105 E. 23rd Street, and owners ...

The story behind that strange looking building at 31st and Louisiana streets; SLT wins national award for sustainability

Chad Lawhorn

There is grass growing on the roof, total spending is more than $70 million, and the project necessitated digging a nearly 50-foot hole. And at the end of the day, most people still don’t know what they’re looking at. No, this isn’t another apology about a failed do-it-yourself swimming pool ...

Is the city preparing to put stop signs at traffic circles and roundabouts across Lawrence?

Chad Lawhorn

A reader asked me a question about four new stop signs in town, but I think what he really was asking was: Is the city of Lawrence trying to make the heads of motorists explode? The four relatively new stop signs are at the intersection of 18th and Indiana streets, ...

The top Uber destination in Kansas is in Lawrence; here's a hint, it serves beer

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is known for many things: A basketball shrine. A downtown that evokes Norman Rockwell. An island of blue progressives in a sea of red conservatives. But, of course, if you want to peer into the soul of a community, there is really only way to do it: Check where ...

So long to the Yacht Club; longtime night spot to become home to new bar and homestyle grill

Chad Lawhorn

Pull in the anchor. It sure appears that the longtime Lawrence bar the Yacht Club is gone for good. A Topeka businessman has bought the building near Sixth and Wisconsin streets and will be opening a new bar and grill concept in early January. The new place will be called ...

City explains why abandoning old bid process may be good for some projects; 3 examples of bids that saved Lawrence millions

Chad Lawhorn

Estimating isn’t easy. For example, my estimate of 200 pounds of chicken wings for my Kansas City Chiefs playoff watch party might end up being a bit high. Don’t get me wrong, I can always find a use for 200 pounds of chicken wings, but sometimes wrong estimates can cost ...

3 questions — and a few answers — about the looming $17M police headquarters building

Chad Lawhorn

Building a $17 million police headquarters building is way above my skill level, but I do know that a project that large in Lawrence inevitably will create some questions and concerns. Those questions and concerns are starting to become more evident as the City Commission gets closer to deciding a ...

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