Town Talk

Former Pachamamas building to become event gallery; downtown landlords looking at solar project for Mass. Street rooftops; park near 19th and Haskell set to honor firefighters, former Chief McSwain

Chad Lawhorn

• Let me just start with this: If I hit a golf ball into your wedding party, I’m sorry. But I hope you’ll let me play through. (I also hope you’re distracted enough that I’ll be able to steal a piece of cake.) A wedding party along a beautiful Lawrence ...

City asked to provide monthly funding for arts coordinator; new report recommends water/sewer bill increases; city set to approve longevity bonuses

Chad Lawhorn

News and notes from around town: • You might notice that Town Talk looks a bit different today. (Why is there a slightly shaven man staring at you, for instance?) Well, that’s progress folks. We’re switching this column and others over to our blogging platform. Hopefully, it will provide you ...

Industrial sites to get hearings; foreclosures up in Douglas County; homeless shelter releases statistics

Chad Lawhorn

News and notes from around town: • A pair of proposals to add more industrial ground northwest of Lawrence soon will have their first public hearings. The [Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission][1] on Oct. 25 will hear a request to rezone 120 acres at East 700 and North 1800 roads from ...

Lawrence Farmers' Market competing for national ranking

Chad Lawhorn

Another Lawrence institution is working to make the latest Top 20 poll, and this one doesn’t have anything to do with KU athletics. The Downtown Lawrence Farmers' Market is battling to be named one of the 20 best farmers' markets in the country by the American Farmland Trust. The nonprofit ...

Plan for former Arensberg building comes forward

Chad Lawhorn

There soon may be new life for the former Arensberg Shoes building in downtown Lawrence. Lawrence orthodontist Dan Ranjbar has bought the building and filed new plans with the city that he hopes will make the large Art Deco landmark at 825 Mass. more attractive to retailers. “I’m definitely not ...

City close to settling on social service funding

Chad Lawhorn

There was a lot of talk about social service funding during last April’s Lawrence City Commission election. In particular, there was a lot of hand-wringing over potential city funding cuts to social service agencies, but several candidates said they would make it a goal to at least hold social service ...

Lawrence housing market gets MSNBC attention

Chad Lawhorn

A sector of Lawrence that hasn’t gotten much love lately is getting a little these days from the national media. An online report by MSNBC mentions Lawrence as one of 33 metro areas across the country where there are early signs of a housing rebound. The report sites an Adversity ...

City holding off on hiring new city clerk

Chad Lawhorn

Today will mark a changing of the guard in one of the major behind-the-scenes departments at Lawrence City Hall. Friday is the last day of service for Frank Reeb, the city’s clerk and director of administrative services. As previously reported, Reeb, who has been with the city for about eight ...

City may beef up keg party law

Chad Lawhorn

Hosting a keg party may soon become a much dicier proposition in Lawrence. Lawrence city commissioners at their meeting tonight will consider beefing up a city ordinance that would allow local law enforcement to more easily charge hosts of keg parties with illegally serving underage drinkers. Under current state law, ...

More events coming to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

Fire eaters, street dances and open-air grills. It must be summer in downtown Lawrence. Planning is well under way for at least a trio of events designed to bring people and their wallets to downtown Lawrence this summer. Here’s a look: • Organizers of the Lawrence Busker Festival announced recently ...

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