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Lawrence homebuilding numbers in 2012 bounce back to second highest level in last five years

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe a new streak is about to begin. Last year at this time [we were reporting][1] how the Lawrence homebuilding industry had hit a new low. In 2011, Lawrence builders saw their streak of at least 55 years in a row of building 100 homes or more snapped. Builders started ...

City, county moving forward on marketing strategy to attract retirees; $60,000 to $80,000 annual media campaign may be on tap

Chad Lawhorn

The business of attracting lucrative retirees to live in Lawrence and Douglas County is beginning to get a clearer price tag. It looks like it will take around $60,000 to $80,000 worth of advertising a year to get the job done. Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting are being ...

Property sales for the week, including Massachusetts Street and Ninth and Iowa locations

Chad Lawhorn

Another week almost down, which means another week of property sales and land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds office. [You can click here][1] to see the complete list of sales for the week ending Jan. 7. There were a few sales of note, but before ...

Salina-based company looking to tap into rural Douglas County, Eudora market for Internet service

Chad Lawhorn

In recent weeks, we’ve written about how you might want to keep your eyes open for a future shake-up in the Lawrence Internet service provider market. City officials [recently agreed to hire a consultant][1] to study whether the city can use the miles of city-owned fiber optic cable to create ...

Downtown Lawrence sculpture exhibit to receive boost in city funding to celebrate 25th year; entries now being accepted

Chad Lawhorn

This year will mark 25 years of walking around a corner in downtown Lawrence and saying “What the . . .” I’m talking about the 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition. (Although, it is downtown Lawrence, so I could be talking about any number of things.) But pieces of sculpture ...

Recreation center debate causes commissioner to question 'relevance' of Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods; other notes from last night's Rock Chalk Park meeting

Chad Lawhorn

There will be all types of shots taken at the proposed Rock Chalk Park and the city’s $25 million recreation center. There will be bank shots, hook shots, 33-foot three-point shots, that come up three feet short, taken by my teammate who never passes the ball. You get the idea. ...

Petition to stop downtown parking garage expansion draws less than 15 percent support

Chad Lawhorn

There soon will be about 70 more ways for my wife to get an overtime parking ticket in downtown Lawrence, and a majority of downtown property owners seem happy about it. In fact, a pretty big majority, it seems. If you remember, city commissioners have been waiting for the results ...

City staff prepares report on downtown properties that may become targets for redevelopment

Chad Lawhorn

Soon enough, you’ll start seeing big changes in downtown Lawrence. Construction work already is underway on a $19 million library expansion, work on a multistory hotel at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire should begin any day, and by summer work likely will be ongoing for a multistory ...

Lawrence attorney likely to file for seat on Lawrence City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

Another day, another Lawrence City Commission candidate. [I reported yesterday][1] that I expect Dr. Terry Riordan to file for a seat on the commission, and I still think that will happen today. But now I’ve also been told that a Lawrence attorney is set to throw his name into the ...

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce takes official stance in favor of $25M recreation center, proposed Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

It sure feels like the proposal to build a $25 million city recreation center as part of a public-private Rock Chalk Park in northwest Lawrence is entering a new phase. Another large community group has taken a formal position on the project. This time, it is the Lawrence Chamber of ...

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