Town Talk

City commissioners withhold information about process for selecting new mayor; more info on pending movie theater upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

Call it a mayoral mystery, I guess. City commissioners are still trying to figure out who the next mayor of Lawrence should be and when that person should take over. A change in state law has made the normally simple matter more complicated, but now a pair of city commissioners ...

Lawrence movie theater to undergo million dollar-plus renovation; update on plans for large music venue in North Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Everybody has their wish list for improvements that could be made to Lawrence’s Southwind movie theater on south Iowa Street. Yes, wider concourses to accommodate the forklift to haul back the popcorn and soda would be nice. An on-site loan office to finance the purchase of said popcorn and soda ...

Happy Earth Day, although rankings show it could be happier in Kansas; parent company of major Lawrence employer announces cutbacks

Chad Lawhorn

Party like it is Earth Day because indeed it is. (I’m celebrating gravity by refusing to jump all day.) Here in Kansas, we certainly can celebrate Earth Day, but a new study found that we perhaps don’t have as much to cheer about as some other states. The financial website ...

Plans filed for events center along the Kansas Turnpike; get ready for pole vaulters in parking lots and shot putters in the streets

Chad Lawhorn

You bring up the idea of an event and North Lawrence, and you could be talking about a whole lot of different things. It might be a night on the town at Johnny’s, a fraternity party in a barn, or a Kaw River fishing trip that involves sand in places ...

40-year-old business on 23rd Street changes hands, focus; Lawrence jobs up slightly in March, thanks mainly to the government

Chad Lawhorn

The main thing I know about vacuum cleaners is they make a lot of noise when I’m trying to watch a ballgame on TV (and that they sometimes get thrown at me when I make comments like that.) So, I may not be the best person to pass along vacuum ...

Plans in early stages for a Hilton or Marriott hotel chain to locate at major Lawrence intersection

Chad Lawhorn

You know something is going well when an industry built upon free breakfast bars and self-serve biscuits and gravy is flocking to your community. Yes, Lawrence is experiencing a hotel boom, and it appears to be continuing. I’ve learned plans are in the early stages for a new hotel to ...

See the latest downtown multistory building likely to request financial incentives from the city

Chad Lawhorn

It is becoming a familiar issue for city commissioners to consider: Should a new multistory building in downtown Lawrence be offered some sort of financial incentive from the city? It looks like the next project commissioners will be asked to consider is a proposed five-story commercial/residential building along Vermont Street ...

Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

Chad Lawhorn

West Lawrence soon may have a new meaning. Plans have been filed for the first major neighborhood to be built west of the South Lawrence Trafficway, and, if approved, it likely won't be the last. Plans have been filed at City Hall for annexation and rezoning of about 160 acres ...

Downtown spa set to add 'sensory deprivation tank'; update on Dollar General store for eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

In a household with a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, the idea of sensory deprivation sounds appealing. But just what am I willing to do to give my senses a break from the constant odor of Axe Body Spray and the looks of disbelief that I receive when I ...

See proposed facelift for large Massachusetts Street building; Kansas, Lawrence job totals off to slow start

Chad Lawhorn

On my desk, you may notice an oversized candy bowl and steel girders to support the weight. Those are leftovers from the days when I was confused about what Lawrence’s M&M Office Supply sold, and what I could get approved on an expense account. Well, that company has been gone ...

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