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Former East Lawrence scrap yard may become unique housing development

Chad Lawhorn

Forget junky and start thinking funky at the corner of 12th and Haskell in East Lawrence. Plans have been filed at City Hall to convert the former site of the 12th and Haskell Recycling Center and longtime scrap yard into a small scale housing development that would be designed by ...

Proposed West Lawrence commercial development wins Planning Commission approval

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a significant new West Lawrence shopping area have cleared their first hurdle. Lawrence-Douglas County Planning commissioners on Monday night unanimously approved the rezoning and preliminary plat for the Langston Commons project, which is slated for the northeast corner of where the South Lawrence Trafficway intersects with Bob Billings ...

Downtown Lawrence call center gives details on plans to hire nearly 200

Chad Lawhorn

[As we briefly reported Friday][1], there are more than 100 new jobs coming to a Lawrence call center. Well, now we have a few more details about the expansion at The Results Companies. The company, [which about a year ago took over the space previously occupied by Affinitas][2] on the ...

Proposal: $6 million rural water plant near Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a $6 million water plant near Lawrence are taking another big step forward, but no, it is not a sign that my wife actually has talked me into watering my lawn. Instead, work is progressing on the area's newest public wholesale water supply district. [As we previously reported][1], ...

Late-night convenience store delivery service begins operations in student neighborhoods

Chad Lawhorn

There are times that you just don't have the energy to go get an energy drink at three o'clock in the morning. I assume you all have been there. Well, now you can avoid those awkward trips into a convenience store while dressed in your Hulk Hogan pajama bottoms and ...

Home sales and home prices both continue to rise in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence's real estate market seems to be returning to its past form, which may mean another annual tradition will return: Notices from the Douglas County appraiser's office that your home's tax value has increased. The latest numbers from the Lawrence Board of Realtors show July was another strong month for ...

City to consider banning couches on porches

Chad Lawhorn

Here's some breaking news about some oftentimes broken pieces of furniture: City officials are looking to ban couches on porches in Lawrence neighborhoods. I know it may sound simple enough to some, but the issue may soon open up a can of worms — which by the way, have been ...

Menards files plans to add another 8 acres to development near 31st and Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

The same "architect" who "designs" my home "improvement" projects must be in charge of the new Menards project near 31st and Iowa streets. The project is growing before it even gets started. But unlike the addition of a knitting cabinet in my game room, this addition was expected. Menards officials ...

Missouri Tiger bar plans to celebrate anniversary of Quantrill's Raid

Chad Lawhorn

Honestly, I'm not interested in giving this event any more attention than it deserves, but sometimes in this job you have to write things for the historical record. So, let the record show there certainly were some dumb Missouri fans in 2013. Perhaps you have heard that the owners of ...

Group pushes again for city policy on drone use

Chad Lawhorn

The drones aren't yet multiplying in Lawrence, but the people who are against them appear to be. [If you remember back in May][1], a group of about a dozen residents went to City Hall asking for a city policy limiting the use of drones in city airspace. Now, a handful ...

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