Lawsuit filed against Lawrence over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

The city of Lawrence is getting sued over its denial of a proposed shopping center at the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street interchange.

A lawsuit by landowners and developers was filed Friday in Douglas County District Court alleging that the city used an “improper and illegal basis” for denying a proposed shopping center that would have added about 250,000 square feet of new retail space to the south Iowa Street corridor.

City commissioners on Jan. 5 voted 4-1 to deny rezoning …
Commissioners cited concerns about whether the shopping center proposal was suitable for the area, which is just north of the Wakarusa River, and whether the city was prepared to grow south of the South Lawrence Trafficway, which is scheduled to be completed later this year.

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