Town Talk

A talk with the newest Douglas County commissioner about the timing of jail expansion election, and how voters may be inundated with ballot questions in 2017

Chad Lawhorn

Surely you all have started to have election withdrawal by now. The symptoms include a smile on your face and giddiness. Well, fear not, 2017 is going to have plenty of local elections. In fact, in some ways, it may have too many. As part of my series of conversations ...

HERE apartment complex near KU lands first two commercial tenants; more on the way

Chad Lawhorn

When I was in college, pizza, beer and abacus stores were the most likely type of businesses to locate next to the KU campus. In a sign of changing times, I’ve gotten word that the first two tenants in a new retail development next to KU will be an international ...

Lawrence housing market posts increase for 2016, home prices rise; question about whether homeowners will see higher property tax values

Chad Lawhorn

The final numbers for 2016 are in, and real estate agents sold 1,210 Lawrence homes. From the podium, though, it looked like at least a million to a million and a half. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Either way, it was enough for Lawrence to post its fourth consecutive year of ...

East Hills Business Park manufacturer files plans to expand; an update on enrollment growth, possible new programs at city's vo-tech school

Chad Lawhorn

In my house, when you want to add some bling to a package, equip my wife with a Be Dazzler and take to the root cellar to avoid the rhinestone explosion that is to come. In the world of industrial packaging, though, you are more likely to turn to Lawrence-based ...

Update on the future of East Lawrence's debated Quonset hut; longtime Lawrence chef joins local brewery project; more plans for affordable housing

Chad Lawhorn

Yesterday [I told you about plans for a pair of new, architecturally interesting apartment buildings][1] that developers hope to construct in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. Today, I have news in the same neighborhood about another piece of interesting architecture: the old Quonset hut-like building at the former Black Hills ...

Pair of multimillion dollar affordable housing projects proposed for Warehouse Arts District; see architectural renderings for area

Chad Lawhorn

I always thought living in a warehouse district was cool, although that time my crate and I woke up in Cleveland wasn’t that great. Something tells me the living arrangements in East Lawrence’s popular Warehouse Arts District are quite a bit different. Regardless, there’s a new plan for many more ...

Plans emerge for nearly $15 million hotel project next to Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

The wait is over for a commercial project to locate next to the city and KU’s Rock Chalk Park sports complex in northwest Lawrence. Developers have announced they’ve signed a deal for a $14.5 million hotel project. A Wichita group has plans to build a 120-room Best Western Plus hotel ...

Updates on a pair of high-profile demolitions in town; longtime restaurant on Iowa Street closes

Chad Lawhorn

The Russians are at it again. They apparently are hacking into Mother Nature in an effort to give us Siberia. (There is not unanimity on that point. Some leaders believe the pending ice storm may be the result of some guy in New Jersey leaving his freezer door open.) I ...

Longtime large retailer in downtown to close; the price of your cocktail may soon spike in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

When this hick from the sticks arrived in Lawrence in 1992, I became excited when I saw the sign for the downtown store The Buckle. I went in to buy a dinner-size plate one, with big steer horns, but quickly learned the place really wasn’t selling belt buckles. Soon, it ...

Lawrence finishes year with best sales tax growth in the state; do we have Menards to thank?

Chad Lawhorn

The sales tax numbers for 2016 are in, and they show Lawrence was perhaps the hottest retail market in the state — and that is before sales of the Donald Trump inauguration T-shirts and the replica Meryl Streep Golden Globe statuettes. As we have been telling you all year, Lawrence’s ...

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