Town Talk

Cost of affordable housing project likely to be debated again; update on senior living project; Downtown Lawrence Inc. launches new gift card program

Chad Lawhorn

This is the season where I’m reminded that we definitely can have differences of opinion about the idea of what’s affordable. (This is also the season where I’m reminded that the First Amendment protects my right to have an opinion, but does nothing to keep me warm while sleeping in ...

Check out how Lawrence and area cities fared in latest ranking of best college communities

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is a top 10 city when it comes to being a landing place for college students, according to a new ranking. The financial website WalletHub has ranked Lawrence as the No. 10 small city in the country for college students. Lawrence also ranked No. 24 in the country across ...

Commissioners faced with big questions, high stakes as they prepare to decide fate of south Iowa shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

When Lawrence city commissioners meet on Tuesday, the shopping fanatics among us are going to be asking questions of whether Lawrence soon will get an Academy Sports, an Old Navy and a host of other big retailers that appear ready to move into a new shopping center proposed for south ...

Chamber releases year-end number on new jobs; discussion about environmental issues with Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

You can tell we’re getting close to the end of the year because the numbers are starting to pile up. And I’m not even talking about the fact the credit card statements are now coming on oversized pieces of paper to contain all the zeros. No, groups and organizations are ...

Plans filed for new brewery, restaurant, apartment project in East Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As anyone who has ever tried, failed and perhaps had to use a stomach pump will tell you, there is a definite art to brewing beer. So, it makes sense that a new brewery will be located in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. But plans filed at City Hall not ...

Details on new restaurant slated for Round Corner Drug building; city to settle sidewalk dining flap; update on downtown moves

Chad Lawhorn

One of downtown’s more iconic buildings is set to be back in business soon. As we’ve previously reported, the former Round Corner Drug building is set to become a restaurant. Now, I have more details after talking with the owners of the new establishment. Kansas City restaurateurs Zach Marten and ...

Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

Chad Lawhorn

All we’ll need on Tuesday night at City Hall are the "Solid Gold" dancers because I suspect commissioners will hear a couple of classic tunes: a debate about downtown parking and questions about whether the city is business-friendly enough. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set to finally hear ...

Trio of downtown businesses announce closings; one set to reopen in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There are some things that never change in downtown Lawrence — both Santa and my F150 getting stuck on the roof of Weaver's are a couple of items that come to mind. (Hey, sometimes you have to get creative when parking downtown.) But for the most part, downtown is full ...

Development group begins lobbying for approval of south Iowa retail project; new grocery store proposed for project

Chad Lawhorn

Trust me, I’m used to shopping centers doing outreach efforts at this time of year. (If I had a dollar for every letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Lawhorn telling us the shopping center has reserved a special parking spot for our U-Haul trailer . . . ) But what’s ...

Chamber announces tentative deal for $25 million, 100-job manufacturing plant on east edge of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence may become a Menards town. The Lawrence chamber of commerce is announcing this morning that the giant home improvement retailer has plans to build a Lawrence-based manufacturing plant and distribution center that will bring 100 jobs to town. Midwest Manufacturing, a division of Menard Inc., has reached a preliminary ...

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