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East Hills business undertakes $300,000 upgrade

Chad Lawhorn

With the national economy seemingly getting softer by the day, one Lawrence-based company believes it has found a solid product to rest upon — concrete floors. Prosoco — which has its headquarters and manufacturing plant in the East Hills Business Park — has begun a $300,000 remodeling of its plant ...

Baldwin Junction retail center, Big Springs rock quarry up for approval

Chad Lawhorn

The work to build businesses along the new - but not yet completed - route for U.S. Highway 59 has begun. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners at their meeting Monday tonight will consider a request for a four-lot business development at what will be the new intersection of U.S. Highways 59 ...

Dunkin' Donuts plans to open second Lawrence store

Chad Lawhorn

Workers driving into downtown each morning may soon have one less excuse not to bring donuts to the office. Plans are in the works to build a new Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of Sixth and Michigan streets, said Sonny Patel, the owner of Lawrence's lone Dunkin' Donuts at 521 ...

Sales tax numbers coming down to the wire

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is like a kid getting too excited too early about what will be under the Christmas tree.But, with just two months left, Lawrence city government is still in line to receive an end-of-the-year gift from sales tax collections.[Through October,][1] the city remains on pace to collect more in ...

Predicting the future on tax abatements

Chad Lawhorn

Imagine this. A major manufacturer has chosen Lawrence as the site for a new $50 million plant that would employ 500 people and pay average salaries of $44,000 per year. City commissioners would march down Massachusetts Street singing a chorus of Hallelujah! Struggling real estate agents and merchants would join ...

Lawrence Board of Realtors endorses Republicans for Douglas County seats

George Diepenbrock

The Lawrence Board of Realtors has endorsed Jim Flory and David L. Brown in the two Douglas County Commission races in Tuesday's election.The board announced this week it was endorsing county commission candidates for the first time in its 83-year history.The board's leadership interviewed all four candidates before making a ...

Traffic safety commission to consider KU stop signs

Chad Lawhorn

Stop signs, stop signs, or perhaps a stop light. Lawrence's Traffic Safety Commission is preparing for a discussion of all the above. Here's a look at some issues the advisory board is scheduled to debate at its 7 p.m. meeting on Nov. 3 at City Hall. ¢ A request for ...

Chamber survey shows support for sales tax measures

Chad Lawhorn

Who knows if it will be as accurate as a crystal ball, but an unscientific survey by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce shows support for all three sales tax questions on Tuesday's ballot. The chamber Friday morning reported that 75.8 percent of its members who responded to an e-mail survey ...

Dillons, Kwik Shop among new projects up for approval

Chad Lawhorn

This and that from the Lawrence development scene. ¢ Expect to see some construction work at the Kwik Shop store at the corner of 19th and Massachusetts streets. The company plans to give its existing store a major overhaul and new look, according to a site plan filed with the ...

Noodles & Company looking at downtown

Chad Lawhorn

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company is interested in locating in downtown Lawrence. The company has filed a site plan to locate at 8 W. Eighth St., the longtime home of Palace Cards and Gifts. Greg Guenther, who owns both the card shop and the building, characterized the project ...

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