Town Talk

The Lawrence argument that won't end: To build more retail or to not build more retail; commissioners prepare to hear SLT shopping center proposal on Tuesday

Chad Lawhorn

Get your pointing finger limber, and your vocal chords warm. We’re set to engage in a great Lawrence tradition this week: arguing over whether Lawrence should build a shopping center. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are scheduled to vote on [some rezoning and planning issues][1] for the KTen ...

The top 10 local stories of 2015

Chad Lawhorn

It was a battle between former Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer and President Barack Obama. Farmer got the victory, but he may not spend much time celebrating it. The downfall of Farmer, and the shakeup that it produced at Lawrence City Hall, has been chosen as the top local story of ...

Here @ Kansas apartment project proposes new, above-ground parking garage for Oread neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

[When I first reported][1] that plans for a robotic parking garage in the massive Here @ Kansas apartment project near the KU campus had fallen apart, I thought for sure the solution would involve hover boards and reruns of The Jetsons. But new plans filed at City Hall are indicating ...

Unique furniture, home decor store set to open in downtown Lawrence; news of escape room businesses, cigar lounge

Chad Lawhorn

Sarah Kellogg has a business plan for her soon-to-open retail store in downtown Lawrence: “We take something terribly dated and that nobody wants, and make it really awesome.” My wife is loading up my closet currently, but actually it is not that type of store. Kellogg is opening a new ...

Developer still working on parking solution for large apartment project near KU; man hands out $50 bills at Wal-Mart

Chad Lawhorn

Anybody who has ever picked up a hammer or saw has had it happen: You start your home improvement project and then realize you forgot a part. I usually fix such matters with duct tape, and if that doesn’t work, with an expensive jewelry purchase. Most of the time, though, ...

Italian dessert shop coming to Massachusetts Street; Lawrence gets ranking from LGBT civil rights group

Chad Lawhorn

Gelato. Sorbet. Cannoli. Am I showing off my bilingual skills here? Of course. Am I pointing to stains on my tie? Well, yes, but neither of those are really the point. I’m mainly working up to tell you that a new dessert shop — with a specialty in Italian dishes ...

A list of past Thomas Fritzel controversies and the $10 million question that comes with the latest allegations

Chad Lawhorn

It has become a routine at Lawrence City Hall. Every few months, the city finds itself embroiled in a controversy with Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel at the center of the storm. This most recent one — an alleged $500,000 worth of sales tax misdeeds at The Oread hotel site — ...

Lawrence tops $200 million in building projects for first time in city's history; longtime construction company to close Lawrence operations

Chad Lawhorn

The number that has caught my eye this morning is $200 million, and thankfully it didn’t come from my friends at Visa. It is from the city’s latest building permit report. The city has topped the $200 million mark in construction projects for the first time in history. (The true ...

More questions about Oread special taxing district; commissioner says city working to make sure 'everyone pays their fair share of taxes'

Chad Lawhorn

I think we are getting closer to figuring out what the concerns are with the special taxing district at The Oread hotel. But I don’t think that means we are near the end of the questions about this project. If you remember, we reported in November that the city had ...

City ramps up vehicle purchases to replace aging fleet; more than $1.75 million in vehicle purchases approved thus far in December

Chad Lawhorn

I know for most of us, December is marked as the month for accumulating five-pound cheese logs, yule logs and the multitude of other fine culinary logs. But for the city of Lawrence, December is the month for new vehicle purchases. Thus far in December — once commissioners approve a ...

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