WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Signs that new owner of Allen Press is cutting, outsourcing jobs from Lawrence plant; KU bringing in top ice cream chef for entrepreneur event

Let’s do some news and notes from around town: — It sure sounds like the new owners of longtime Lawrence-based business Allen Press — now known as Sheridan Kansas — are making some changes that are impacting jobs at the company’s East Lawrence facility. I’ve heard from multiple employees at the company that employees were told early this week that about 30 of the company’s nonprinting-press ...

Hotel looking more likely as part of KU's gateway project near football stadium; Girod hopes for town hall meetings soon

The University of Kansas is getting more serious about adding a hotel next to its football stadium as part of a larger gateway project that would try to make the area a destination for conventions. Chancellor Douglas Girod also confirmed in a brief interview that KU is in formal discussions with the University of Kansas Health System and LMH Health about locating a joint health care venture — featuring ...

Number of homes sold in Lawrence hit 10-year low in February, but selling prices still soared

Lawrence has hit a 10-year low in the number of homes sold, but not even that has been enough to cause home prices to cool, a new report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors shows. In fact, Lawrence home prices remained red hot in February, according to the latest figures. That makes Lawrence a true outlier, as the national median price for homes fell in February for the first time in 11 years. Only 34 homes ...

Regents approve $49M Allen Fieldhouse renovation, new wages for KU police, new name for KU football practice facility

A $49 million project to renovate historic Allen Fieldhouse received the green light from the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday. The Regents, who oversee all six of the state’s public universities, expressed no concerns with the project, which will add amenities like additional chair-back seating, a pub area for fans, new video boards and infrastructure improvements such as heating and cooling upgrades. ...

From new video boards to fancier seats to better cell service, a closer look at KU's proposed $49M Allen Fieldhouse project

Another men’s basketball season is over at KU, and you know what they say at the winningest program in college basketball: You don’t rebuild at Kansas — you reload. Well, this year, they’ll also refurbish. As we’ve been reporting for the past couple of weeks, plans are in the works for historic Allen Fieldhouse to undergo a major renovation. The project was announced in early March by KU Athletics ...

From movies to weddings, plans filed for one of city's oldest buildings to become event hall, restaurant on edge of downtown

Plans are accelerating to convert one of the oldest buildings in Lawrence into an an event hall and restaurant on the edge of downtown. Owners of the historic Turnhalle building — an 1869 stone structure at 900 Rhode Island St. — have filed plans to construct a small addition that will aid in converting the first floor of the building into an approximately 300-person event space and the basement into a ...