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Plans filed for major soccer complex near eastern end of SLT; Kansas ranks near top of list of states people are leaving

Chad Lawhorn

The first new development to go along the edge of the soon-to-be-completed South Lawrence Trafficway probably won’t be a new shopping center, but rather may be a big soccer complex. Plans have been filed for a multifield soccer facility near the eastern end of the SLT. A nonprofit organization called ...

Lawrence sales tax growth in 2015 among the tops in the state; city confirms special taxing district at Oread hasn't reported for last two months

Chad Lawhorn

We may argue about whether or where we want new retail development to occur in Lawrence, but it hasn’t done anything to slow shoppers from stuffing their carts in 2015. New numbers show that Lawrence’s sales tax collections were near the top of the list for fastest-growing in the state. ...

Lawrence included in national study of communities with best and worst credit scores; Lawrence getting hammered in voting for best Midwestern city

Chad Lawhorn

Usually in January, I try to hide from all credit card-related news. But I’ll come out of my El Chapo-like tunnel system long enough to pass this information along: Lawrence scores relatively well in a new financial study that measures credit scores across the country. The financial website WalletHub has ...

Fritzel family takes over ownership of Alvamar; some renovation work begins with much more on the way

Chad Lawhorn

Members of the Fritzel family now own the Alvamar Golf and Country Club, and renovations to the west Lawrence property are already underway. As we previously have reported, a group led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel has been working to purchase the country club. Members of the club were recently ...

Rejection of south Iowa Street shopping center sends confusing signals about future of south Lawrence growth

Chad Lawhorn

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that this intersection has confused me. After all, for more than a decade it has had a “Bridge to Nowhere.” I’m of course talking about the Iowa Street and SLT intersection, where a bridge that leads to an uncompleted road has stood for ...

New fast food pizza chain coming to south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Can you cook a fresh pizza in five minutes? I can’t, at least that seems to be the gist of the court order the fire marshall has given me. Lucky for us that there is a new pizza chain coming to south Iowa Street that is all about making handmade ...

Plans filed for new retirement community in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes after a basketball game, I worry about finding where I parked my car. After last night’s triple overtime, heart-straining thriller, I worried about finding a retirement home. Lucky for me, plans have been filed for a new retirement living community in far west Lawrence. If you remember, [in July ...

The Lawrence argument that won't end: To build more retail or to not build more retail; commissioners prepare to hear SLT shopping center proposal on Tuesday

Chad Lawhorn

Get your pointing finger limber, and your vocal chords warm. We’re set to engage in a great Lawrence tradition this week: arguing over whether Lawrence should build a shopping center. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are scheduled to vote on [some rezoning and planning issues][1] for the KTen ...

The top 10 local stories of 2015

Chad Lawhorn

It was a battle between former Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer and President Barack Obama. Farmer got the victory, but he may not spend much time celebrating it. The downfall of Farmer, and the shakeup that it produced at Lawrence City Hall, has been chosen as the top local story of ...

Here @ Kansas apartment project proposes new, above-ground parking garage for Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

[When I first reported][1] that plans for a robotic parking garage in the massive Here @ Kansas apartment project near the KU campus had fallen apart, I thought for sure the solution would involve hover boards and reruns of The Jetsons. But new plans filed at City Hall are indicating ...

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