City Government

Demolition of downtown sidewalk canopy will begin soon

A one-block covered walkway in downtown Lawrence is set to be removed beginning next week. Demolition and other work will begin Monday on the pedestrian canopy, sidewalks and underground infrastructure in the walkway alley that runs behind the buildings that make up the 800 block of ...

Lawrence City Commission to review city manager applicants

Story updated 6:01 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019: The Lawrence City Commission will hold an executive session instead of its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. The session will last approximately two hours and will be used to discuss applicants for the city manager position. There are no ...

City reveals green, public-friendly design for $18.5M police headquarters

The design of the city’s new $18.5 million police headquarters has been revealed, and officials say the building — which will be energy efficient and surrounded by parkland — will be an asset for police and the public. Police Captain Anthony Brixius said the police department is excited ...

Major road projects set to begin near 19th and Iowa

Street closures will greet motorists Monday near the southwest corner of the University of Kansas campus as a multimillion-dollar pedestrian tunnel and road reconstruction project gets underway. Iowa Street near 19th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and access from Iowa to ...

Lawrence City Commission approves permit for downtown homeless center

Though some neighbors voiced concerns, city leaders have approved a plan to convert a building near downtown into a drop-in center for the homeless. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for the homeless center, which ...

Army officer and planning commissioner Rob Sands files for City Commission

Kansas Army National Guard officer and planning commissioner Rob Sands has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Sands, a native of Kansas City, Kan., graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in Lawrence for more than 18 years. Sands, 37, has served on the ...

Lawmakers considering bill to remove transportation spending from tax lid

A joint legislative task force report on transportation has a lot of promising recommendations for the county, the director of Douglas County Public Works says. The report released in January made recommendations to guide development of a new state transportation plan and reflected findings ...

City begins search for new chief of fire and medical department

The search is underway for the next chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical department. The city opened the application for the position late Thursday, and City Manager Tom Markus said the city was conducting a national search for the next chief. Markus said the main qualifications ...

Property owners in northwest Lawrence must soon begin repairing sidewalks

Some property owners in northwest Lawrence will soon be getting notices from the city asking them to repair their sidewalks. City staff estimates that millions of dollars in sidewalk repairs are needed throughout Lawrence, and the city was broken into eight zones to begin enforcing the ...