Lawrence Recommends Rejection Of Big Shopping Area

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- One of the largest shopping centers ever proposed in Lawrence has hit a roadblock.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission voted early Tuesday to recommend rejection of the project, which would add more than 500,000 square feet of commercial space in southern Lawrence near the new South Lawrence Trafficway..

The commissioners' vote does not mean the proposal is dead. Developers could ask to have the Lawrence City Commission vote on it.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the North Carolina-based developers have not determined how they will respond to the commission's vote.

Commissioners said before the vote that the location near two major highways was not right for the project. They would prefer it be built in northwest Lawrence near the new Rock Chalk Park sports complex.

Posted by Greg Palmer