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City breaks record for most construction projects in a year; senior living community breaks ground on $12 million campus

Chad Lawhorn

It is now official: Lawrence’s construction industry has had a record-breaking year, and the city is on pace in 2015 to issue building permits for more than $200 million worth of construction for the first time in its history. The latest building report shows Lawrence City Hall has issued permits ...

Local businessman files plans to open indoor firing range, gun shop; questions about when police headquarters debate will start again; signs an eco devo deal may be brewing

Chad Lawhorn

Gun enthusiasts in Lawrence may have a new reason to get excited in the near future. A longtime Lawrence businessman is working on plans to open an indoor firing range and gun shop. Rick Sells, the former owner of Lawrence Athletic Club, has filed plans at City Hall for a ...

Lawrence home sales rise for sixth consecutive month; update on housing values; more on Free State Festival funding

Chad Lawhorn

The stock market has been lousy for the last few months, so maybe Lawrence residents are putting their money into real estate. New homes with cry rooms, so you can read your 401(k) statements, perhaps are the rage. Whatever the case, Lawrence’s home buying market remains hot. Home sales are ...

West Lawrence lands corporate headquarters for financial services firm; Lawrence, other Kansas cities mediocre in new economic ranking

Chad Lawhorn

A financial services firm with offices in Johnson County and Topeka is moving its corporate headquarters to Lawrence, and will be bringing about 20 jobs in the process. DM Bruce Associates has completed a deal to buy a west Lawrence office building at 4911 Legends Drive to house its financial ...

City set to approve 120-foot cell phone tower in eastern Lawrence; study finds Kansas among the top states in U.S. for teachers

Chad Lawhorn

Well, we have all heard about the dangers of talking on our cell phones while driving. Or about texting while driving. But for some reason, there is one cell phone-related driving danger that rarely ever gets discussed — a cell phone tower falling in front of your car. Fear not, ...

See who the leaders are in the Journal-World poll of the six finalists for the vacant Lawrence City Commission seat

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to filling the vacant seat on the Lawrence City Commission, a pair of past elected officials seem to have captured the attention of Lawrence residents, according to a new poll of 1,000 registered voters in the city. Former City Commissioner Terry Riordan and former school board member ...

Popular Breakout KC business to locate in Lawrence; city commissioners face questions on Eldridge Hotel tax break

Chad Lawhorn

You are in a locked room. You must solve riddles, complete mind-bending tasks and battle the forces of evil to receive a four-digit code that allows you to unlock the door and get to freedom. Yes, it does sound like how I must pick up my dirty laundry and empty ...

Texas Roadhouse files plans for Lawrence location; time for a hoedown fundraiser; downtown construction project to temporarily close about 40 parking spaces

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to let my Willie Nelson beard grow out, begin driving my dually pick-up truck on the shoulder of the road, and start bragging about how the Longhorn football team is going to win the next 10 national championships. (Always starting next year, of course.) That’s right, it ...

Proposal for downtown grocery store at former Borders site emerges again

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a downtown grocery store at the former Borders bookstore location is back in play. A leader with Lawrence’s Checkers grocery store has told me he’s now focusing his efforts on the former Borders building rather than a more aggressive proposal to build at 11th and Massachusetts streets. ...

Lawrence sales tax collections still up for 2015, but beginning to slump to close out the year

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence sales tax collections are a bit like the Kansas City Royals these days: They’re still in good shape, but concern is starting to grow that I shouldn’t have ordered 150 pounds of bean dip for the World Series party. In other words, both are in a bit of a ...

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