A change may be coming for the North side of downtown Lawrence. Last night the city commission tentatively approved a re-zoning of the area. The grand plan is to add retail shops, a boardwalk along the river and some living spaces too, but local business owners aren’t sure what to make of the plan.
For Craig Nowatzke, opening up Gaslight Gardens was a dream come true.
“Ive always liked this space, and when it came available, I decided to do it,” Nowatzke said.
Nowatzke loves Lawrence, especially downtown, and he’s not sure yet how he feels about changing the city’s North side.
“I see a lot of pros, but I see some cons just depending on which way they go with it. I definitely think we need more hotel space near downtown, and I like the river a lot , so I think the boardwalk would be great,” he explained.
Plans are tentative at the most at this point, but Tuesday night, the Lawrence City Commission approved a measure to re-zone what’s called the North Mass Development. The re-zoning won’t be official, though, until the commission can see a design plan for the area.
(Read more at fox4kc.com http://fox4kc.com/2012/05/02/change-could-come-for-downtown-lawrence/)