Town Talk

Major duplex development planned near Kasold and Peterson; Farmer to hold listening sessions; city gets update on Ninth Street arts corridor

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe duplex living is going to make a comeback in Lawrence. (Again, my apologies to multiple Lawrence duplex residents. I thought “party wall” meant something completely different.) Plans have been filed to build 87 duplex living units near the corner of Kasold Drive and Peterson Road, which would be the ...

Numbers show retail sales in Lawrence grew faster than many cities in 2014; west Lawrence retirement complex seeks sales tax break

Chad Lawhorn

We’re part of the billion-dollar club and growing. No, I haven’t resorted to just reading you my mail from the credit card companies. I’m talking about Lawrence’s retail economy and how the latest numbers show we continue to be part of a fairly elite Kansas club. In fact, in one ...

Local health club to add beer offerings as part of major renovation; Eldridge Hotel asks for 95 percent tax rebate for expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Sit-ups and suds: Three of the four words in that phrase sound like a heck of a plan. Soon, members of the newly renovated Genesis Health Club on Sixth Street will have the chance to add a cold beer to their workout routine. The club has filed plans with the ...

Lawrence home construction hits second lowest total on record; Rock Chalk Park recreation center posting big attendance numbers

Chad Lawhorn

It appears I wasn’t the only one cursing in the workshop in 2014. (I can promise you the best piece of advice you’ll ever receive in life is not to wear a necktie next to a lathe.) New numbers are out, and 2014 wasn’t a very good year for the ...

Lawrence planning to throw an international party; South Lawrence Trafficway, Part II; police HQ listening session tonight

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is getting more serious about throwing a party of international proportions. No, that’s not your cue to start delivering semi-loads of red Solo cups to the Oread neighborhood. We’re not talking about that type of party. We’re talking about the Free State Festival, an annual art and film festival ...

A Mexican restaurant on 23rd Street, more signs that Port Fonda coming to Lawrence, an Old Chicago rumor and other restaurant news

Chad Lawhorn

I have a batch of restaurant news, but I have to warn you it is a bit like chips and salsa for breakfast: It’s not really enough for a meal, but it is a good start nonetheless. Here’s a look: • It is a proven fact that we all drive ...

New economic ranking shows Lawrence moving up but still below average; city lands on Top 100 list of best places to live

Chad Lawhorn

It is a day full of rankings, so I’ll get us started: I rank winter my least favorite season, but the most likely season for me to spill a bowl of warm oatmeal in my bed — intentionally. I’m sure that ranking is on the Internet somewhere, but that’s not ...

Runza closed for remodeling; Wicked Broadband co-owner files for seat on City Commission; local PAC has nearly $16K ahead of city elections

Chad Lawhorn

In 20-plus years of reporting in Douglas County, one thing I have learned about the public is they are very concerned about any threats to their cabbage-stuffed sandwiches. Over the last few days I started getting messages from people concerned that the Runza at 27th and Iowa streets — perhaps ...

Dale Willey Automotive strikes deal to expand on south Iowa Street; the case of the missing recycling carts; Sprouts update; new nonprofit launches seafood fundraiser

Chad Lawhorn

On a day so cold that my wife actually has consented to turn the thermostat up to 59 degrees and will allow me to shear an extra sheep for the kids, I do know of one place that is hot. South Iowa Street continues to be the hot spot for ...

Downtown hotel project to open within a matter of days; expect construction work to begin soon on major apartment complex; more City Commission candidate news

Chad Lawhorn

You won’t have to wait much longer to check out Lawrence’s newest hotel and major downtown development. The owner of the new Marriott TownPlace Suites at Ninth and New Hampshire streets has told me that the hotel will open sometime between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. “We’re very excited,” said ...

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