Town Talk

See the latest downtown multistory building likely to request financial incentives from the city

Chad Lawhorn

It is becoming a familiar issue for city commissioners to consider: Should a new multistory building in downtown Lawrence be offered some sort of financial incentive from the city? It looks like the next project commissioners will be asked to consider is a proposed five-story commercial/residential building along Vermont Street ...

Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

Chad Lawhorn

West Lawrence soon may have a new meaning. Plans have been filed for the first major neighborhood to be built west of the South Lawrence Trafficway, and, if approved, it likely won't be the last. Plans have been filed at City Hall for annexation and rezoning of about 160 acres ...

Downtown spa set to add 'sensory deprivation tank'; update on Dollar General store for eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

In a household with a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, the idea of sensory deprivation sounds appealing. But just what am I willing to do to give my senses a break from the constant odor of Axe Body Spray and the looks of disbelief that I receive when I ...

See proposed facelift for large Massachusetts Street building; Kansas, Lawrence job totals off to slow start

Chad Lawhorn

On my desk, you may notice an oversized candy bowl and steel girders to support the weight. Those are leftovers from the days when I was confused about what Lawrence’s M&M Office Supply sold, and what I could get approved on an expense account. Well, that company has been gone ...

Kansas City bar and restaurant chain to open in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I can now officially say there will be moose adventures in west Lawrence, although I’m still unclear on whether I need to continue practicing my moose calls. Regardless, Kansas City-based Blue Moose Bar & Grill indeed will open near Sixth and Wakarusa. For a few months now, I’ve been reporting ...

Lawrence sales tax collections gain steam; details on upcoming pole vault event; possible move for chamber offices

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence City Hall and I have something in common: We’re both rooting for a warm-up. I’m rooting for one after my wife a few weeks ago decreed that the furnace shall not be used again until after Labor Day. (She didn’t say which year.) City Hall is rooting for a ...

Big changes on tap for Lawrence's Fourth of July celebration; Lawrence manufacturing firm relocates to K.C.

Chad Lawhorn

How Lawrence celebrates the Fourth of July is set for a major change this year. No, the fireworks ban isn’t being lifted, but the community party and fireworks show is moving to more spacious Burcham Park. But organizers of the community event are facing funding problems to make the show ...

See renderings of big building project in west Lawrence; update on construction near Sixth and Wakarusa; city building totals off to strong start

Chad Lawhorn

You’ve probably noticed a major construction project is underway at Sixth and Folks Road. I know I’ve certainly received questions about the big pile of dirt that is being created on site, and my attorney tells me I can actually answer questions about this dirt pile. (Let’s just say an ...

One of Lawrence's older restaurants set to close at end of month; report says Kansas taxpayers getting good value on taxes paid

Chad Lawhorn

At an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, you know you have gotten your money’s worth when they replace the general’s chicken with a peace treaty. I’m not sure I ever quite got to that point at Lawrence’s Panda Garden restaurant, and now we have little time left to get there. After 30 ...

AT&T begins offering gigabit Internet service to select Lawrence neighborhoods; south Iowa retailer closing as part of bankruptcy plan

Chad Lawhorn

For those of you who want faster Internet speeds at your Lawrence home, here’s something to keep an eye on: AT&T has quietly begun offering gigabit Internet service in a few select Lawrence neighborhoods. AT&T officials told me that the company recently began offering the service in a couple of ...

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