Lawrence $75 million apartment complex in jeopardy

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Plans for a $75 million apartment complex near the University of Kansas are in jeopardy after city commissioners declined to allow the developer to reduce the number of parking spaces.

City commissioners decided Tuesday to reject a request to reduce parking for the complex by 100 spaces. They cited concerns parking from the apartments would cause problems for the Oread neighborhood near the complex.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports  that a representative for the development firm declined to comment after the meeting but the company has said in the past that an exemption from the parking code was vital to secure funding.

The developer wants to build a complex with 237 apartments with 624 bedrooms but only 461 parking spaces. Neighbors urged the commission to reject the parking exemption.

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