Town Talk

New development slated for Bob Billings and SLT may land a grocery store

Chad Lawhorn

Several Lawrence developments are grabbing headlines these days. Rock Chalk Park, efforts to convert the former Farmland fertilizer plant into an industrial park, and downtown redevelopment are three of the larger ones. But don’t forget about the nearly $20 million state project to build a new interchange at Bob Billings ...

Lawrence among best venture capital markets per capita

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know about your neighborhood on the Fourth of July, but in mine last night there were plenty of young venture capitalists on display: People willing to burn their money in hopes for a big bang in return. Venture capitalists — the high-risk investors who provide start-up money to ...

As Briggs prepares to move out of Sears building, rumors heat up that Dick's Sporting Goods will be moving in

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s what we know: The folks at Briggs Auto Group soon will be vacating the former Sears building at 27th and Iowa streets. Here’s what’s likely to happen: A whole bunch of speculation that Dick’s Sporting Goods will move into the prime piece of South Iowa Street property. Rumors of ...

Proposed budget would reduce free parking downtown, limit funding for retiree marketing

Chad Lawhorn

In my household, July means the start of two seasons: This is about the time that my wife’s refusal to turn on the air conditioner causes the kids and I to set up Gatorade stations throughout the house, and it is when city officials really start to dive into their ...

Lawrence housing sales up 56 percent in May, according to latest report

Chad Lawhorn

According to the latest report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors, the housing market produced a big bang in May. Home sales for the month were up 56 percent — totaling 142 — compared to the same period a year ago. The numbers are up almost 78 percent from two ...

Pair of traffic calming projects — including a blue light at traffic signals — set for city

Chad Lawhorn

We’ll see if talk of traffic calming produces a calming feeling for you on a Monday. I’ve got word of two projects in the works at Lawrence City Hall. • If you drive in the area behind the new Dillons store at 17th and Massachusetts streets, you may want to ...

Lawrence retail sales still up for the year, but latest report raises questions of a slowdown

Chad Lawhorn

You’ll have to decide whether you are in a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty mood today. A new report from Lawrence City Hall on the city’s retail marketplace could leave you feeling either way. First, the good news: Retail sales are still tracking above 2012 totals. Retail sales tax collections are ...

Development roundup: the Kasold curve, Myers Liquor and more speculation about a downtown restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

[All the way back in 2009][1], we told you to keep an eye on the piece of farmland at 31st and Kasold, also known as the Kasold curve, for a new housing development. Well, your eye is probably getting pretty tired by now, but there are signs once again that ...

New study ranks Lawrence ninth smartest city in the country

Chad Lawhorn

I didn’t even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, yet I feel like I am an expert in the world’s toughest subjects. Maybe it is because I work in the ninth smartest city in America. That’s right, according to a new study, Lawrence is the ninth smartest city ...

City considering $3.5 million swap with KDOT on West Sixth Street

Chad Lawhorn

With the trade deadline approaching in Major League Baseball, maybe City Manager David Corliss also can moonlight a bit as the general manager of the Kansas City Royals. Corliss is in a deal-making mode. After months of wheeling and dealing on the public-private partnership for the Rock Chalk Park project, ...

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