Town Talk

Improvements planned for North Lawrence grain elevator, but towers aren't coming down; new schedule for city compost and woodchip sales

Chad Lawhorn

North Lawrence's skyscrapers aren't going anywhere. In case you aren't familiar with North Lawrence's chic skyscraper district, it also is known as the Ottawa Co-op grain elevators at North Third and Locust streets. And some of you have been worried that their time may be limited because demolition crews have ...

Preservation Alliance seeking owner for city's oldest community building; city to award funds from Varsity House dispute tonight

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the idea of a social club built around gymnastics and beer will make a comeback. (Fortunately, I've already got a pommel horse with a cup holder.) Or maybe it will be something else, but the search is now officially on to find a user for East Lawrence's old Turnhalle ...

Large apartment building near KU's Memorial Stadium, family fun center in West Lawrence face key votes tonight

Chad Lawhorn

From a big apartment building to miniature golf, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission is set to provide recommendations tonight on several million dollars worth of proposed development. Here's a look: • [As we reported in December][1], plans have been filed for a five-story apartment building and retail development at 1101 ...

Deal struck to bring new grocer to Sixth and Wakarusa; Google's latest announcement and its impacts on Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A deal has been struck to bring a new grocer to Lawrence. And it is not coming to downtown. Not North Lawrence, either. Instead, it's slated for what has become the city's new grocery magnet — Sixth and Wakarusa. Plans have been filed at City Hall for a 27,000-square-foot building ...

Soda shop with 1,100 varieties plans to open on Massachusetts Street

Chad Lawhorn

My bladder already is doing cartwheels. A new business is coming to downtown Lawrence, and it will bring with it 1,100 varieties of soda to Massachusetts Street. Mass Street Soda plans to open by St. Patrick's Day at 1103 Massachusetts St., the vacant storefront just south of Englewood Florist. Self-described ...

Speculation increases that site near The Oread hotel may be in running for convention center

Chad Lawhorn

Ike and Hoover may end up having a say in whether the city of Lawrence and Kansas University move ahead with a new convention center. No, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover aren't cryogenically frozen in the basement of Lawrence City Hall. (I'm 80 percent certain of that.) At Lawrence ...

Eudora resident featured as a 'Hero Among Us' in People magazine; Lawrence hopes to undertake solar project

Chad Lawhorn

If I ever make it into People magazine, I figure it will be about my keen sense of fashion. (Or perhaps for that unfortunate time I confused Princess Kate and Katy Perry.) Regardless, I'm still waiting, but 87-year old Eudora resident Eugene "Westie" Westerhouse is not. Last year, the Journal-World ...

Lawrence's Free State Brewing Co. to celebrate 25 years; how that boat in your driveway may become a problem

Chad Lawhorn

Do you remember where you were 25 years ago this month? I've already got my shoes off, so I'll do the math for you. That was February of 1989, so perhaps you were still recovering from the party following Kansas University's 1988 National Championship. Or maybe you had already shifted ...

Retail sales for holiday period in Lawrence up 5 percent; an update on rental licensing proposal

Chad Lawhorn

The number of the day is $125 million. No, it only seems like the price of a dozen roses for those of us just now remembering that today is Valentine's Day. Instead, a new state report indicates $125 million is the amount of taxable sales that occurred in Lawrence during ...

City getting serious about a downtown ice rink; update on naming rights at Rock Chalk

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe by the next Winter Olympics I won't have to convert my kitchen floor into an ice rink to participate in the beautiful sport of figure skating. [As we reported in December][1], leaders with Lawrence Parks and Recreation had some interest in a downtown, outdoor ice skating rink. Well, the ...

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