25 years ago: City soon to close on riverfront mall deal

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 18, 1989:

Lawrence city commissioners were working their way through a “flurry of paperwork” before closing could take place for a deal that would bring a riverfront factory outlet shopping mall to Lawrence. The center was planned for development on city-owned property at the old Bowersock Mills & Power Co. site on the Kansas River, east of city hall. Lawyers hoped to close on the property in the next two weeks. Among other agreements, commissioners signed onto a license granted by the Santa Fe Railway giving the city and the developers permission to construct and maintain walkways over the railroad right-of-way. The walkways were planned to connect a parking structure to the shopping center. The 150,000-square-foot center had a price tag of $21 million, including a $3.5 million assist from the city for items such as a 511-space parking garage and street and sewer improvements.