Town Talk

An update on what is going in the old M&M Office Supply building in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Effects of KU’s construction boom soon may become a little more evident on downtown’s Massachusetts Street. No, construction crews still seem disinclined to let me take a bulldozer for a spin, but you should look for a new high-profile office of an engineering firm that is expanding, in part, because ...

The confusing speed limit situation on the eastern edge of Lawrence, and whether it is set to change

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are thinking the city of Lawrence has a secret plan to deal with the feared fiscal problems that await once a new property tax lid and other state budget woes filter down to City Hall. The plan: a speed trap on the section of 23rd Street just east ...

Shop that sells quick, healthy food coming to west Lawrence; update on Blue Moose Bar & Grill; Lawrence to be on Fox Business Network tonight

Chad Lawhorn

There is a new menu item coming to Lawrence called “Look Good Naked Smart Chicken.” No, the battle between the plethora of Lawrence fried chicken restaurants hasn’t devolved into a clothing-optional battle (never a good idea around a fryer). Instead, there is a new business coming to west Lawrence that ...

New FM radio station set to launch in Lawrence next week

Chad Lawhorn

If you have done contortionist acts with a coat hanger in one hand and a radio dial in the other, you may be an AM radio listener. (If you're not, I'm really curious what you are doing.) Well, there’s news on that front. One of Lawrence’s AM stations is expanding ...

A talk with the newest Douglas County commissioner about the timing of jail expansion election, and how voters may be inundated with ballot questions in 2017

Chad Lawhorn

Surely you all have started to have election withdrawal by now. The symptoms include a smile on your face and giddiness. Well, fear not, 2017 is going to have plenty of local elections. In fact, in some ways, it may have too many. As part of my series of conversations ...

HERE apartment complex near KU lands first two commercial tenants; more on the way

Chad Lawhorn

When I was in college, pizza, beer and abacus stores were the most likely type of businesses to locate next to the KU campus. In a sign of changing times, I’ve gotten word that the first two tenants in a new retail development next to KU will be an international ...

Lawrence housing market posts increase for 2016, home prices rise; question about whether homeowners will see higher property tax values

Chad Lawhorn

The final numbers for 2016 are in, and real estate agents sold 1,210 Lawrence homes. From the podium, though, it looked like at least a million to a million and a half. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Either way, it was enough for Lawrence to post its fourth consecutive year of ...

East Hills Business Park manufacturer files plans to expand; an update on enrollment growth, possible new programs at city's vo-tech school

Chad Lawhorn

In my house, when you want to add some bling to a package, equip my wife with a Be Dazzler and take to the root cellar to avoid the rhinestone explosion that is to come. In the world of industrial packaging, though, you are more likely to turn to Lawrence-based ...

Update on the future of East Lawrence's debated Quonset hut; longtime Lawrence chef joins local brewery project; more plans for affordable housing

Chad Lawhorn

Yesterday [I told you about plans for a pair of new, architecturally interesting apartment buildings][1] that developers hope to construct in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. Today, I have news in the same neighborhood about another piece of interesting architecture: the old Quonset hut-like building at the former Black Hills ...

Pair of multimillion dollar affordable housing projects proposed for Warehouse Arts District; see architectural renderings for area

Chad Lawhorn

I always thought living in a warehouse district was cool, although that time my crate and I woke up in Cleveland wasn’t that great. Something tells me the living arrangements in East Lawrence’s popular Warehouse Arts District are quite a bit different. Regardless, there’s a new plan for many more ...

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