Town Talk

Lawrence hosts mayor of Greek sister city this week

Chad Lawhorn

There was a bit of pomp and circumstance in the air at City Hall on Tuesday. An official delegation from Lawrence’s sister city of Iniades, Greece, was on hand. Well, sort of. The delegation actually consisted of the mayor of Messolonghi, Greece. But here’s a good opportunity to learn a ...

Lawrence home sales continue rise in 2013, builders begin to pick up pace on new construction

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe 13 is a lucky number in this case. Lawrence home sales for the 13th month in a row have posted year-over-year gains, but the more striking fact is the improvement in almost every category real estate observers care about. According to the new report from the Lawrence Board of ...

As planners debate Menards project, new study finds retail vacancy rate at 7.2 percent citywide

Chad Lawhorn

Let the number games begin. [As we’ve previously reported][1], the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission is set to debate a proposal by Menards to locate a new store adjacent to Home Depot near 31st and Iowa streets. As we’ve also reported, one of the factors that planners are supposed to take ...

Another residential development files plans for area near recreation center, Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

The [area around][1] the proposed Lawrence recreation center and Rock Chalk Park site continues to heat up. Lawrence developer Tim Stultz has filed plans at City Hall for a 40-acre development of single-family homes and apartments south and east of the recreation center site. The plan is seeking rezoning for ...

Day after city's bid opening for recreation center, relief and a few questions

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes you don’t understand why good things happen. That’s the approach Lawrence city commissioners generally were taking the day after bids to build the city’s recreation center came in about $10 million below what city officials had estimated. “My first thought was ‘this is awesome,’” City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer said ...

City recreation leaders not in favor of lighted tennis court plan near Lawrence High

Chad Lawhorn

All we need now is John McEnroe, or absent that, somebody in white 1980s-style tennis shorts with an excitable personality. Yes, we’re talking about the looming tennis court debate that will be coming to Lawrence City Hall. [As we reported last week][1], city commissioners have decided to reopen the issue ...

Planning Commission to debate Menards project Monday amid signs momentum may be turning

Chad Lawhorn

Strap on your tool belt, it is time to talk again about Menards’ proposal to build a big box store just east of Home Depot near 31st and Iowa streets. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will debate the project again at its Monday evening meeting. The Planning Commission debated it ...

Two convenience stores coming to downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s a tip for you: Make sure your stock portfolio includes plenty of exposure to cheap snack food and elastic waist bands. I may be providing a serious boost to both products. There are at least two efforts underway to bring a full-fledged convenience store — minus the gasoline — ...

Lawrence retail spending off to strong start in 2013; up 3.1 percent for the year

Chad Lawhorn

Here I thought I was the only one who visited my banker around Valentine’s Day. I’ve found that a home equity loan is useful when you’re trying to buy a year’s worth of forgiveness. But apparently I’m not alone because a new report from City Hall shows retail spending spiked ...

Knology changes its name to WOW!; lifts usage caps on Internet service

Chad Lawhorn

The changes keep on coming in the Lawrence Internet market. The largest Internet service provider in Lawrence has just announced that it is removing all of its usage caps from its Internet service packages, as the company changes its name from Knology to WOW! That means customers no longer will ...

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