Town Talk

Compton purchases former Borders Bookstore site; Incumbents, Rasmussen leading the pack in City Commission fundraising

Chad Lawhorn

Dreams of a downtown grocery store in the former Borders bookstore building at Seventh and New Hampshire appear to be much like the milk in my refrigerator: expired. Lawrence businessman Doug Compton has signed a deal to purchase the building, and he has no plans to move his proposed downtown ...

Take a look at the road projects Lawrence plans to build this summer

Chad Lawhorn

During these cold days of winter, I try to think of all the standard summer scenes to warm me up: baseball, a day at the lake, a hot tub full of bratwursts. But you know it is really cold when the thought of orange construction cones warms my cockles. But ...

Operator of The Cave admits liquor violations, but state drops fine to $2,000 as part of settlement; dates set for city and school board forums

Chad Lawhorn

The operator of The Cave, the large nightclub inside The Oread hotel, has pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the state law prohibiting establishments from giving away free liquor or advertising free liquor. But information from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division shows the nightclub received a smaller penalty ...

Facts, figures and a disturbing statistic about the South Lawrence Trafficway

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to numbers and the South Lawrence Trafficway, we can all make jokes about the number of years it has taken to complete, or the number of arguments it has sparked. But when city, county and school board officials got briefed on the project Tuesday, one number was ...

Large apartment complex files plans for major renovation; the mystery numbers surrounding renters in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

One of the city’s larger apartment complexes is set to get an upgrade. Plans have been filed for a significant remodeling of the apartment complex near 24th and Ousdahl that used to be known as Colony Woods. Paperwork filed at the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department shows the complex has been ...

Lawrence lands on national list of cities that love to volunteer; City Hall set to impose new restrictions on payday, title loan companies

Chad Lawhorn

You know what they say about Lawrence: We’re a town full of do-gooders, which explains why there are people in the street jousting with snow shovels today to win the privilege of shoveling their neighbor’s sidewalk. Well, maybe that hasn’t quite been the case, but there is a national ranking ...

Taco Zone plans to open downtown restaurant; police ask for $24K as engineer finds structural problems in evidence storage area

Chad Lawhorn

Eons ago when I was in college, taco night meant 33 cent tacos at the Taco Tico. You would put $10 on the counter, your belt on the table, and settle in for a couple of hours of gastronomical delight. But that doesn’t appear to be the college taco scene ...

Attendance and revenue numbers at Rock Chalk Park recreation center off to good start; city still struggles with super fast broadband issue; new beer festival coming to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

While an auditor scrutinizes a whole bunch of numbers related to Rock Chalk Park, there is one set of numbers everyone seems pleased with: the latest figures on users and revenue at the city’s recreation center at the sports complex. “I think not only are we pleased by them, but ...

The Merc starts $320,000 renovation project; city writes letter opposing election changes; charging city inmates for jail time to be debated

Chad Lawhorn

Increasing competition in Lawrence’s natural grocery market has us all reacting in different ways. I’m undergoing training to make sure I don’t accidentally end up at a sample station for tofu bacon. The Merc, the city’s longest running natural grocery store is preparing a bit differently. It is undertaking its ...

Compton plans to build five-story apartment building at Pachamamas site downtown; grocery project moving along; West Lawrence RadioShack store to close

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for another multistory apartment project in downtown Lawrence. Local businessman Doug Compton has confirmed he has a deal to convert the Pachamamas restaurant building at Eighth and New Hampshire into a five-story building that will house about 60 apartments. As we previously reported, the owner of Pachamamas had ...

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