Town Talk

News and notes from Saturday morning's forum on proposed recreation center and Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

How about a special Saturday edition of Town Talk. The citizens group Cadre Lawrence hosted a public forum on the proposed recreation center and Rock Chalk Park project for northwest Lawrence Saturday morning. Not a whole lot of new information came out of the forum. The panel was made up ...

Land transfers for week ending Dec. 31, including sales of apartment complexes and Massachusetts Street property

Chad Lawhorn

As far as New Year’s resolutions go, this one is pretty lame, but I’m going to try to be more consistent in posting weekly Douglas County land transfers. (Yes, it was kind of awkward shouting that resolution as I sprayed Champagne at the crack of midnight while at my neighbor’s ...

Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods calls for public vote on recreation center project, expresses concern about bidding process; two public meetings set on project

Chad Lawhorn

Activity around a proposed $25 million city recreation center in northwest Lawrence is starting to heat up again. The latest news: The city’s largest neighborhood group is now officially calling for a citywide election on the project and is expressing concerns that the proposed bidding process won’t adequately protect the ...

City says extra trash won't count against households during post-holiday time period

Chad Lawhorn

Holiday season has been replaced by trash season in many Lawrence households. Most of you surely know how it goes: For every pound in gifts you receive, you most likely have two pounds of packaging and gift wrapping to throw away. And don’t even get me started about all the ...

New owner plans to convert site of troubled North Lawrence mobile home park into single-family neighborhood

Chad Lawhorn

Anybody who has ever done a home improvement project with me knows that sometimes you’ve got to make things look a bit worse before they start looking better. (Chad's unofficial home improvement motto: Heck yeah, we need to tear down that wall.) That seems to be where a once-troubled mobile ...

Lawrence Farmers Market proposes new location for Tuesday and Thursday markets

Chad Lawhorn

As I watch the snow on my sidewalk continue to not melt, the summer staple of a homegrown tomato sure sounds good right about now. This summer, you may have a new farmers market location to buy one. Well, sort of. Leaders with the Lawrence Farmers Market are proposing a ...

Freebirds Burrito set to open Jan. 31 in downtown Lawrence; company looking for co-tenant for building

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a search underway for a new nesting partner. No, the search isn’t for me. (It was a long vacation, but my wife didn’t tire of me so much that she kicked me out of the nest.) I’m talking about a different bird: Freebirds Burrito. [As we reported in July][1], ...

Million dollar plus neighborhood in northwest Lawrence starting new phase of development

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you noticed that the [recently-published list][1] of top construction projects in Lawrence included two $1 million-plus homes. Well, here’s another sign that the big wheels in the Lawrence real estate market may be starting to turn again: The developers of the Fall Creek Farms project — one of the ...

Lawrence's Westlake Ace Hardware part of $88 million sale; customers not expected to notice changes at local stores

Chad Lawhorn

The nuts and bolts of the operation of Lawrence’s two Westlake Ace Hardware stores have changed, but company officials are promising customers won’t notice any changes in the, well, nuts and bolts and other items the company sells. Ace — the giant retail, hardware cooperative based in Oak Brook, Ill. ...

Just Food prepares 916 Christmas food baskets; demand up by more than 20 percent from last year

Chad Lawhorn

And you thought your kitchen was busy this holiday season. I chatted recently with Jeremy Farmer, executive director of Lawrence’s Just Food food bank, and he told me his organization has been busy putting together 916 Christmas baskets for households that were struggling to put a Christmas meal on the ...

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