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Lawrence-based manufacturer of LED lighting seeking tax abatement for expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Here's an interesting economic development project to keep an eye on: Lawrence may become a bigger player in the world of LED lighting. Lawrence-based Sunlite Science & Technology, a manufacturer of LED lighting, has filed paperwork with City Hall to receive a 50 percent, 10-year tax abatement for a new ...

City hires new leaders in Planning and Development Services

Chad Lawhorn

[Back in April we reported][1] on a reorganization plan for the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department that is designed to put a bit more emphasis on small business needs and customer service. A few of you have been asking where that stands, and it looks like you should expect to see ...

Bullwinkles bar gets new owners, complete renovation

Chad Lawhorn

I don't know that he wears a cowboy hat, but there is a new fellow in town who plans to grab one of Lawrence's more famous bulls by the horns. We're talking about Bullwinkles, the longtime Oread neighborhood bar near 14th and Tennessee streets. The establishment has new owners, and ...

News of a downtown Lawrence hotel sale, and more on resort and casino talk

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a resort at Clinton Lake, and the unanswered questions about the interest in a casino on land recently purchased by the Delaware Indian tribe in North Lawrence certainly have given those in the Lawrence hotel market something to think about. But despite the tantalizing nature of those ...

Ramen bar set to open in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Ramen may never be the same again in Lawrence. And that's saying something because in this college town, ramen has been prepared in many different ways, and appeared in many different places. (I'm pretty sure there are still ramen noodles stuck to the ceiling of my old college apartment kitchen.) ...

Lawrence home construction up 33 percent in first half of 2013

Chad Lawhorn

The buzz you've been hearing around Lawrence perhaps has been the hum of a power saw or the steady pounding of a hammer. With half a year in the books, one of the emerging stories of the Lawrence economy is the solid year local builders are putting together. New numbers ...

City renews threat of eminent domain at dilapidated East Lawrence property

Chad Lawhorn

All we need is Donald Trump and his mop of hair to make this real estate deal more interesting. City commissioners find themselves in the middle of a unique real estate transaction that is focused on 1106 Rhode Island St. in East Lawrence. As we've previously reported, commissioners have become ...

Town Talk: Taiwanese bakery opens near 25th and Iowa intersection

Chad Lawhorn

It may seem odd that a duo with an M.I.T. background has opened a small bakery in the tucked away shopping center just behind the Office Depot at 25th and Iowa streets. But Raymond Kung quickly clarifies. "M.I.T. — Made in Taiwan," Kung says of himself and his business partner ...

Lawrence ranked sixth best metro area for work-life balance, according to new report

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents, if you could put those Pina Coladas down and put a towel around those Speedos for a moment, I have some news: You're doing a great job of not working as hard as residents in many other places. And that's a good thing, according to the latest report ...

Lawrence home sales improve for 15th straight month

Chad Lawhorn

The hot streak continues in Lawrence's real estate market. Home sales in Lawrence rose for the 15th month in a row, according to a new report that measured June home sales. The Lawrence Board of Realtors found 149 units were sold in June, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to ...

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