WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

A look at how much home prices may go up next year, plus other Lawrence real estate figures

Home sales in Lawrence are expected to increase next year, and so too is the amount people will have to pay for houses, according to a new housing forecast compiled by Wichita State University. But the report also found that — despite good demand from buyers — construction of new homes in Lawrence is expected to remain tepid for the next year. The reason? Lawrence is still struggling to produce jobs. ...

Large East Hills Business Park employer to be sold as part of $400 million deal

One of Lawrence’s largest employers soon will have a new owner. The General Dynamics call center in the East Hills Business Park is part of a $400 million deal that will transfer ownership to a company that specializes in operating customer service centers for the federal government. A General Dynamics spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the call center at 3833 Greenway Drive is part of a pending purchase by ...

See the latest plans for a big new building on Vermont Street

If plans hold true, a major new building is coming to Vermont Street — and likely more competition for a space in the city parking garage next to the library will materialize too. As promised, former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has come forward with another plan to build a multistory building on the vacant lot at 815 Vermont St. Schumm previously abandoned his plan to build a five-story building on the ...

With three-quarters of the year gone, Lawrence sales tax numbers still lackluster

Story updated at 4:27 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8: Nationally, there are plenty of signs that the economy is improving. Unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1960s, the stock market continues to post new highs, and there’s a rumor at my house that we’ll get to turn the thermostat all the way up to 62 degrees this winter. None of that, though, has translated into a banner year for retail sales tax ...

One of the city's biggest developers says downtown Lawrence is in crisis

Eight years ago, there was a certain amount of angst surrounding the construction of the seven-story building that Doug Compton now surveys downtown from via a corner office perch. Compton, one of the largest developers and property owners in Lawrence, was leading the group to build the 901 New Hampshire building, the first of what would become a trio of new highrises — by Lawrence standards anyway — near ...

Downtown chain restaurant expanding into west Lawrence

If you are going to be in the business of delivering hot, toasted sandwiches, you had better get them there fast, or have a toaster with a really, really long extension cord. The downtown restaurant Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe believes in getting them there fast, which is one of the reasons the restaurant has struck a deal to open a west Lawrence location. “Delivery is really big for us, and there are a few ...