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New Lawrence laboratory expected to bring millions in additional research dollars from the Department of Defense

Chad Lawhorn

KU is working to build a multimillion dollar, high-security clearance laboratory that it hopes will become one of a handful across the country that develops new technology for the U.S. military and others. According to a KU document and local economic development officials, renovation work is set to begin on ...

A look at a unique eastside housing development and why the city may spend nearly $60K to save a tree in it

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the City Commission took action on the purchase of the lot at its Tuesday meeting. The item was on the agenda for consideration but final action was deferred pending more research.* A new Lawrence housing development is going to have a ...

City auditor wonders why City Hall didn't act more quickly on reported billing, accounting concerns

Chad Lawhorn

Did you hear about the time that ... The city of Lawrence once got a $1,000 check in the mail and didn’t know why? It sent the check back to the company. The company then turned around and sent the check back to the city again, this time with a ...

Silicon Valley tech firm reaches deal to bring jobs, 'center of excellence' to KU campus; local companies win top biotech awards

Chad Lawhorn

An emerging Silicon Valley tech company plans to hire about 20 engineers for its new operations center on KU’s West Campus. Rubrik, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that specializes in managing data for cloud computing users, has plans to open The Rubrik Center for Excellence in the technology incubator building ...

Development group wins legal victory related to downtown grocery store; Price Chopper project expected to gain steam

Chad Lawhorn

A plan to build a downtown grocery store at Seventh and New Hampshire streets is closer to becoming a reality after the development group won a recent legal victory in Douglas County District Court. If you remember, we [reported in December][1] that a lawsuit had been filed by two owners ...

Plans filed for major new shopping center south of the SLT and U.S. Highway 59 interchange

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a major new shopping center south of the South Lawrence Trafficway has new life — and a new plan that is much larger than the one city commissioners already have rejected for the site. Plans have been filed at City Hall for a 585,000 square-foot shopping center ...

As City Commission candidates get ready to talk about adding jobs, here's a look at how Lawrence is actually doing

Chad Lawhorn

We are now officially in campaign season for the Lawrence City Commission. There are several things you can count on: There will be free cookies at the North Lawrence Improvement Association candidate forum; all candidate forums would be improved with the addition of free cookies; and candidates will talk about ...

Kansas City firm seeking financial incentives from City Hall to construct industrial buildings at VenturePark

Chad Lawhorn

A Kansas City real estate company is seeking city tax abatements and free land to construct up to $31 million of industrial buildings aimed at luring the first tenant to Lawrence VenturePark. Officials with VanTrust Real Estate have filed an application seeking up to a 70 percent property tax break ...

New Mexican restaurant with ties to popular downtown eatery opens in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

If my wife and I decided to start a business where we had to share space in the kitchen, the specialty of the house would be earplugs. But a desire to work with his wife and children was one of the driving forces behind Jose Pepe Lopez’s decision to open ...

Lawrence real estate market declines as available homes become scarce and buyers are forced to act quickly

Chad Lawhorn

If you have ever had luck in the world of speed dating, then maybe Lawrence’s real estate market is right for you. Speed home buying — out of necessity — appears to be the new trend in the local real estate market. In April, Lawrence homes were only on the ...

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