Town Talk

Tensions between city and county flare at Tuesday night's meeting; city won't inspect school district building projects

Chad Lawhorn

You know at a family reunion how your cousin throws a chair at you because of a dispute over the last deviled egg? I knew you did. Well, the Lawrence City Commission meeting on Tuesday kind of had that feel to it. Certainly no chairs were thrown, but there was ...

City set to approve plans for new West Lawrence grocery store; county and school district ask for more than $500k in fee waivers from city

Chad Lawhorn

In the future, please pay no mind to the woman at the intersection of Sixth and Wakarusa pushing a filing cabinet on wheels and muttering about 5 cents off yogurt cups. That will be my wife with her grocery coupons, and you really can't blame her for appearing a bit ...

Saints Pub + Patio closes near 23rd and Iowa as speculation heats up that 810 Zone set to take the space

Chad Lawhorn

Get out that giant foam finger, the crimson and blue body paint, and all the other accessories required to be a self-respecting patron of a sports bar. The speculation is certainly heating up that one of Kansas City's larger sports bar chains is coming to Lawrence. [As we reported last ...

Housing and self-storage units planned for area north of Rock Chalk Park; city to host budget sessions next week

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a major new residential area north of Rock Chalk Park are in the works, and the first signs of commercial development near the sports complex also are showing up at City Hall. But the commercial plans may not be what you expect. Plans have been filed for about ...

New East Lawrence coffee shop opens; annual report shows homeless shelter served more than 800 in 2013

Chad Lawhorn

Oh my, if you thought East Lawrence was funky already, just wait until you see it after it has had a double espresso. [We reported in February][1] that plans were in the works for a new coffee shop in the heart of East Lawrence, and now they've become reality. Decade ...

Menards says plans for Lawrence store still on track, but no date for construction announced

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe Menards has gotten busy plowing a garden, building a potpourri room or connecting a back-up generator to the chocolate fountain. I know those are all projects that have caused me delay in completing the real work I would like to get done around the house. So, maybe that's why ...

Lawrence home sales take dip in March; city releases dates and attendance estimates for Rock Chalk Park tourneys; library closed through Friday

Chad Lawhorn

All the signs of spring have sprung at my house: dandelions in the yard, 4-H pigs in the driveway, and three closets full of Easter candy bought on clearance. So, in other words, normal stuff. But there is one spring quirk to keep an eye on right now: the Lawrence ...

Plans for golf course/apartment development near Rock Chalk Park re-emerge; rumor mill hot with talk of Lawrence 810 Zone sports bar

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for an apartment/golf course development in northwest Lawrence have re-emerged, and they're growing faster than my golf score. An Arkansas-based development company has filed a revised set of plans for The Links, a proposed 81-acre development that would include a nine-hole golf course surrounded by apartments on a site ...

Updates on Mr. Bacon BBQ, Hog Wild BBQ and Gran-Daddy's Q; family fun center loses key vote at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Don't let the name fool you. Mr. Bacon BBQ Bistro is not the city's newest black-tie establishment. But I can see how you would be confused. Bacon, after all, is the most distinguished of meats. To throw Mr. in front of it, takes it to a whole new level. And ...

Eldridge Hotel proposes major expansion; Lawrence lands on startup list; family fun center update

Chad Lawhorn

Somewhere, the Missouri knickers of William Quantrill must be in quite a bunch right now. More than 150 years after Quantrill burned it to the ground, the venerable Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence has filed plans for a major expansion. The hotel's Lawrence-based ownership group has filed plans to expand ...

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