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City commissioners to decide whether to order audit of Rock Chalk Park processes

Chad Lawhorn

City commissioners will find themselves in an odd position tonight: They’ll get to decide whether they want one of their more controversial projects of the last several years to be audited. More specifically, they’ll be asked to decide whether they want their city-hired auditor to more closely look into the ...

Teller's restaurant to change name and concept to Merchants Pub & Plate

Chad Lawhorn

It’s official: Teller’s restaurant is now a thing of the past. [We reported in May][1] that the downtown institution Teller’s, 746 Massachusetts St., was closing to undergo renovations and a change in concept from Italian-American eatery to a gastropub. But at the time, the owners weren’t sure whether the Teller’s ...

City Hall targets property on Memorial Stadium grounds for transit center

Chad Lawhorn

The phrase “warm up the bus” may become a frequent one at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, and it has nothing to do with the improving — or declining — fortunes of the KU football team. A new City Hall report lists a site on the grounds of Memorial Stadium as ...

Residential, commercial building making a comeback in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The builders are back — at least for the moment. The latest construction report from Lawrence City Hall shows that both single family and apartment construction are at their highest levels in at least five years. To top it off, commercial construction — led by public projects such as the ...

City to consider using gated, pay-as-you-leave system for new downtown parking garage

Chad Lawhorn

It is a popular game with a certain someone in my household: Where is the downtown parking meter patrol officer? I suspect you know how the game is played: Park in one of the many metered parking spaces in downtown or the free two-hour lots, and then start calculating when ...

State seeking proposal to develop resort at Clinton Lake State Park

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a destination-style resort at Clinton Lake — an old proposal that resurfaced late last year — is becoming more serious. Officials with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are seeking proposals, due next month, to develop a 175-room hotel with a conference center and various ...

City commissioners now will consider 700 block of Vermont as home for downtown transit hub

Chad Lawhorn

Buses, builders and bulldozers, oh my. It is not the latest elaborate act for Lawrence’s Busker Fest. Instead, it may be the newest solution to finding a location to temporarily house downtown Lawrence’s public transit hub. Commissioners at their meeting tonight will consider a new option for the transfer point: ...

Bedbugs on the radar screen of city officials; new ordinance would allow City Hall to create rules to exterminate pests

Chad Lawhorn

And here you thought property maintenance just meant keeping the grass mowed, the house painted, the roof shingled, and other such matters. Well, add one more item to the chore list: Controlling bedbugs. City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday are scheduled to approve a new ordinance that will get ...

New bridal shop opens along South Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

Area bridegrooms have it easy these days. It used to be that planning a wedding involved so much running around that you would ruin a perfectly good set of radials. (As I’ve explained many times, that’s why I bought her a new set of Goodyears for our first anniversary.) But ...

City manager forecasting increase in city's general fund property tax rate for 2014 budget

Chad Lawhorn

If City Manager David Corliss has his way, property tax bills in Lawrence may go up just a bit in 2014. Corliss is in the process of preparing his recommended 2014 city budget, but he has provided city commissioners a peek at one of the bottomline numbers. Corliss is forecasting ...

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