Town Talk

Big permit for Rock Chalk Park helps push city building totals to new highs

Chad Lawhorn

It remains to be seen how often we'll hear the Rock Chalk chant during this year's football season, but the traditional cheer is making quite a bit of noise in the Lawrence construction industry. The latest building permit numbers are out, and the big Rock Chalk Park ship has come ...

KU cancels Band Day parade because of early football game kickoff

Chad Lawhorn

Well, I guess I won't bring my big fuzzy drum major hat downtown after all. I had heard through the grapevine and now have confirmed that Kansas University has decided to cancel its traditional Band Day parade through downtown Lawrence. It was scheduled for Sept. 21. Leslie O'Neil, office manager ...

Lawrence wants property to house multimillion dollar police headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

News of a police search usually causes my wife to start confessing to a multitude of unpaid parking tickets. She'll be happy to know this is a different sort of police search. City officials are getting more serious about finding a location for what could be a new $20 million ...

Trio forms new Lawrence-based solar energy company

Chad Lawhorn

As I prepare to take my daily dip in a vat of sunblock, I'm reminded that there's one industry that doesn't mind this late summer heat surge. It is the solar industry, and it's growing in Lawrence. A trio of area residents recently formed Lawrence-based Evergreen Energy to tap into ...

Tenants to Homeowners files plans for independent, senior living project in south Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

If Lawrence really wants to become a destination for retirees, Rebecca Buford, executive director of Lawrence's Tenants to Homeowners, believes there is an issue community leaders might want to think about: an affordable place for retirees to live. "If we really want seniors to come live here, we should think ...

City to consider limiting dogs in public cemeteries

Chad Lawhorn

I bet they didn't go over this in public administration school: Controlling dog poo in public cemeteries. But if you hang around Lawrence City Hall long enough, you will find that almost any subject can come up at any time. At tonight's meeting, it will be dog poo in public ...

Retail sales in city starting to slip, latest report finds

Chad Lawhorn

If you haven't gotten your annual roller coaster ride in yet, don't worry. You can always spend a little time with the city of Lawrence's retail sales numbers. They've been up and down and up and down. The city has received its latest sales tax check, representing sales made roughly ...

CVS at 23rd and Iowa completes $130k renovation to add walk-in health clinic

Chad Lawhorn

There's a new health trend coming to Lawrence, and I'm not talking about the popular vacuum/dust/clean-the-toilets workout that I've begun recently. (What? That's not a trend? My wife promised me she saw it on Dr. Oz.) The CVS Pharmacy at 23rd and Iowa streets has just completed a $130,000 renovation ...

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 ...

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