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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, ...

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 ...

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