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Large fitness center coming to East Lawrence; update on Rock Chalk Park fitness center, trail system

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence-based company that hosts Color Run events all over the country is opening a major new fitness center and health club in East Lawrence. But no, they won't be throwing paint on you while you work out. (While we're on that subject, could someone please tell my wife to ...

Colder water coming to city's Outdoor Aquatic Center; bids for 23rd and Iowa street road project come in $1M over budget

Chad Lawhorn

To wake up of a morning, some people drink a half-gallon of coffee, some eat copious amounts of Cap'n Crunch doused in Mountain Dew, and some of us cut out the middle man entirely and pour Karo syrup directly down our gullets. Then there are the crazy ones: They dive ...

Consultants recommending naming new Rock Chalk Park recreation center SportQuest; local Eagles lodge closed following investigation

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready, Lawrence. You soon may be embarking on a quest. I'm almost certain it won't require a hobbit, three rings or even a donkey and windmills, for that matter. No, think a quest for a championship. Think a quest for success. Start thinking SportQuest. It soon may be the ...

KDOT interested in expanding western leg of SLT to four lanes; update on Ninth and N.H. and possible downtown drug store

Chad Lawhorn

It is like my wife always says: You have to strike while the iron is hot. (This is one of the reasons why I always hide when my wife has a hot iron in her hand.) However you interpret that saying, it appears the Kansas Department of Transportation is taking ...

Work begins on complicated Kansas River waterline project; Pachamamas ends lunch service but adds new happy hour concept

Chad Lawhorn

If you have driven through North Lawrence recently, you've probably noticed a bunch of heavy-duty boring equipment on the lot just north of Sonic. Perhaps you were like me and assumed it was gastrological equipment related to my upcoming summer season of Sonic hot dog eating. But no, this equipment ...

Cold winter has city builders off to slow start; Corpus Christi begins $2 million expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe their hammers were still thawing out from January, or maybe they were just too busy building a full-size, chocolate sculpture of Johnny Depp for Valentine's Day. (We all had to do that, right?) Whatever the reason, Lawrence home builders slowed down the pace a bit in February, according to ...

Home sales in city up by 7 percent for 2014; update on city bus hub; more numbers on Rock Chalk Park infrastructure

Chad Lawhorn

I spent my weekend hosting an overnight birthday party for six 11-year old boys, so I know a thing or two about being in the market for more space (You know what they say: Two's company, three's a crowd, and six is an insane asylum.) According to the latest report ...

Douglas County's population grows by more than 1,000 during past year; update on Lawrence Public Library project timeline

Chad Lawhorn

Today is one of those days when I love statistics, and not just because all the math gives me an excuse to take off my shoes. Today, statistics help remind me that all is right in the world again. A pair of reports show that Lawrence and Kansas once again ...

Development group files plans to add more than 20 retailers, restaurants to south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Plans have been filed at City Hall for a new south Lawrence retail development that would add more than 20 new stores and restaurants. An out-of-state development group has filed plans for the vacant property just south of the South Lawrence Trafficway and east of the dead-end bridge that spans ...

West Lawrence fun center plans on hold again as neighbors speak out; the big question looming for city's rental licensing program

Chad Lawhorn

Mini-golf, mini-bowling, many concerns, it appears. As we've reported multiple times, plans have been filed for a "family fun center" on vacant ground near the southeast corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive in west Lawrence. When we last reported on the project [in February][1], it was scheduled to receive ...

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