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A fourth hotel files plans for multimillion dollar project in Lawrence; J.C. Penney to delay store closings

Chad Lawhorn

There is officially a hotel building boom in Lawrence. Another set of hotel plans has been filed at City Hall, which means Lawrence soon will have four hotel projects under construction. Maybe everybody needs a place to sleep off all the fried chicken. Whatever the case, the hotel market is ...

Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

Chad Lawhorn

A full-service downtown grocery store — complete with a pharmacy and a Mongolian grill — is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. But a Douglas County court case could still deal the project a major blow. As expected, Queen’s Price Chopper of Kansas City has signed a ...

Overland Park-based company to add 100 jobs in downtown Lawrence; chamber takes position on school bond

Chad Lawhorn

About 100 new jobs are coming to downtown Lawrence, thanks to people buying stuff on the Internet. No, Amazon hasn’t set up a hub just for the Lawhorn household. Instead, an Overland Park-based company has chosen Lawrence as its first location for an expansion. Inside Ventures has leased about 7,000 ...

Commercial property that owes city, county $180K in back taxes sells for $1 at auction; east side shopping center in foreclosure

Chad Lawhorn

It is like a magic trick: $1 can make more than $180,000 worth of obligations disappear. At a Douglas County tax auction on Tuesday morning, Jeremiah Johnson bought a piece of industrially zoned property — a little over three acres with an appraised value of just more than $200,000 — ...

New report suggests it may not cost as much to live in Lawrence as we think

Chad Lawhorn

This is the time of year when I start playing with Easter egg dye at the house, which causes me to think about rentals — either rental of a carpet cleaning machine, or, occasionally, the rental of an apartment where I would be really hard to find. All this is ...

Southside garden center to expand; other news and notes along south Iowa Street, including Payless' future

Chad Lawhorn

I’m such a master gardener that I get pretty yellow flowers to come up in my lawn naturally. For those of you who don’t have such luck, I have word of a plant and nursery business that plans to expand. Earl May Nursery and Garden Center at 3200 Iowa St. ...

A west Lawrence library branch? Not quite, but library partners with westside business to increase service

Chad Lawhorn

Dietitians tell me to make smart choices at the grocery store (which I assume means buy the value size Doritos.) The meat aisle urges me to buy Smart Chicken. (The smartest chicken is a ribeye steak.) And now shoppers at the Hy-Vee on Sixth Street may notice something called a ...

An update on Menards' plans for local distribution center; Lawrence manufacturer expanding, but in Shawnee

Chad Lawhorn

There was some thought that a Trump victory in the presidential election would lead to a positive business development for Lawrence. No, the rumor that Vladimir Putin was going to set up a knock-off Jayhawk Beanie Baby operation in town isn’t true. Instead, there was some hope that the election ...

Douglas County topping a list of new Census population numbers; a look at the handful of Kansas counties that actually are growing

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the folks building all those apartments in Lawrence aren’t insane after all. Perhaps the same goes for retailers wanting to build new stores along south Iowa Street too. Since 2010, Douglas County has added nearly 9,000 residents, according to a new Census report. That’s a growth rate that is ...

Home prices up, home construction up, and other signs that Lawrence homebuilding is on the rebound; another Lawrence ranking

Chad Lawhorn

The sounds of hammers, saws and then the buying of a new home: As I can attest, that indeed can be the order of events of a home improvement project gone wrong. But these days it also is a description of the Lawrence real estate market. A pair of new ...

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