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Menard's project highlights city rule on vacant space; a look at how Lawrence ranks in state retail report

Chad Lawhorn

Build it, and it will be empty. That's the motto of Lawrence, at least in one way. City planners will be reminded of that tonight. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will consider a proposal by Menard's, the large home improvement chain, to build a 190,000-square-foot store just east of 31st ...

Group finalizing lease for East Lawrence space to house incubator for artists, inventors, craftsmen

Chad Lawhorn

Finally, a gym where they won’t look at me funny when I wear my biker shorts with my tool belt. No, it won’t have treadmills and weight benches. It will have something even better: tools and workbenches. Eric Kirkendall, a local advocate for artists and inventors, has confirmed to me ...

Dance studio for adults expands into space at Orchards Corner in West Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Back in the day, when the little space in the Orchards Corner Shopping Center at Bob Billings and Kasold housed the Brass Apple restaurant, there was a lot of stretching going on in the space. Mainly, stretching of my elastic waistband. Well, now there is stretching of a different type. ...

Chipotle files plans to build restaurant on 23rd Street

Chad Lawhorn

If you are like me and you need a burrito break every once in a while as you navigate the traffic on 23rd Street, you’ll soon have a new option. The folks from Chipotle Mexican Grill have filed plans to tear down an existing retail building on 23rd Street and ...

City lays off one employee in Planning Department; creates new position of Small Business Facilitator

Chad Lawhorn

The folks who oversee the planning of the city’s growth and development are drawing up a new plan about how to run their department. Scott McCullough, director of the city’s Planning and Development Services Department, has confirmed his office recently laid off one employee as part of a reorganization plan. ...

Lawrence's retail sales up 2.1 percent for first quarter

Chad Lawhorn

In case you had forgotten, today — April 15 — is tax day. But [I hear that a high-ranking federal official will be in town on Friday,][1] so perhaps you could save yourself some postage and just ask him to take it back to D.C. with him. Let me know ...

I-70 Business Center has new owners; VFW purchases south Massachusetts Street properties; Habitat for Humanity completes land deal

Chad Lawhorn

Spring has brought some new activity to the commercial real estate market, according to the lastest report of land transfers from the Douglas County Courthouse. So, let’s get right into some of the more notable deals. • The I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence — formerly known as the Tanger ...

Regal chain buys Lawrence's Hollywood Theaters; speculation begins on whether upgrade is in the future

Chad Lawhorn

If I were at the movie theater pulling contraband Walgreens candy out of my coat pocket and eating $7 popcorn (I haven’t yet perfected the process for sneaking a popcorn popper into the theater), this may be the point in the movie where the heroic-type of music starts to build. ...

Basil Leaf Cafe signs deal to locate in former Joe's Bakery building by June or July

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe our future includes a mole sauce made out of the glaze from the famous donuts once served at Joe’s Bakery. Well, probably not. But the old [Joe’s Bakery building][1] at 616 W. Ninth St. is getting a new restaurant tenant that has a history of trying about anything. After ...

Baldwin-based bank to open new branch on West Sixth Street; a snapshot of local banking activity

Chad Lawhorn

During much of the 1990s and into the 2000s, it was a scene as common as dandelions in spring: Optimism about the local real estate market would increase, and so would the number of banks in the city. Well, it is certainly not the 1990s or 2000s again but the ...

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