East Ninth Project


This is a depository for information on the East Ninth project, (formerly known as the 9th St Corridor project.)


Here is the City website page for the East Ninth Project:  https://www.lawrenceks.org/9th-street-corridor-project.

You can sign up for an email list serve on the top right of that page and you’ll get updates about the project from the city.  ELNA also has its own Thursday enews about general news in the neighborhood. Sign up here: http://www.eastlawrence.com/join/thursday-enews/  (Sign up for both for the best coverage.)

UPDATE 3/3/16:
from ELNA rep to the East Ninth Citizen Advisory Committee, Phil Collision, from CAC meeting 3/2/16 —

We saw two plans at the Wednesday East Ninth CAC meeting. One featured bike lanes within the street, and the other an 8 foot shared use path on the south side of the street. It kept the dual sidewalk concept. This is not the final plan. Come to the 3/7 ELNA meeting and get a guided tour of the two plans by your reps to the CAC, John Sebelius, Phil Collison and Dave Loewenstein. Your comments are important! This project will impact our neighborhood for decades to come. Here are the plans as we know them now:
03.02.16 CAC Presentation print (1)

03.02.16 CAC Presentation web view
And here’s a letter to accompany the plans from el dorado explaining that they aren’t the final plans:  1506- March3 Design Development Update

Meeting dates will be posted here as they come up as well as a time line.  Past meeting dates will be listed below with links to any relevant material we are able to archive.

Issues surrounding the East Ninth Project will be discussed at upcoming City Commission and ELNA meetings.  The City Commission meets each Tuesday at 5:45pm at City Hall, with the exception of holidays.  Agendas and exceptions will be posted on the City website.  ELNA meets the first Monday of each month from 7-9pm in the New York School library, or in summer months, at the Lawrence Percolator.

In early March 2015, a Citizen Advisory Committee to the East Ninth Project was appointed by the City consisting of:
A City Commission Representative: Commissioner Mike Amyx
ELNA Representatives:
Dave Loewenstien, Phil Collison, John Sebelius
City-at-Large Representatives: 
Burdett Loomis, Rev. Verdell Taylor
Downtown Lawrence Inc Representative:
Emily Peterson
Warehouse Arts District Area Representative:
Tom Larkin
Lawrence Arts Center Representatives:
Tom Carmody, Ben Ahlvers
Business Representatives:
Marcia Hill, Will Ogle
Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission Representative:
Katherine Simmons
LiveWell Lawrence Healthy Build Environment Workgroup Representative: 
Tim Herndon
Design Team Contact:
Josh Shelton
City Staff Contacts:
Diane Stoddard, David Cronin, Chuck Soules

email address for all of the above can be found on the City website.

The East Ninth CAC will meet: (when available, minutes are posted)
Monday, March 23rd, 7pm at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium MINUTES
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7pm at New York Elementary MINUTES
Wednesday, May 27th, 7pm at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium MINUTES
Wednesday, June 3rd, 7pm at City Hall MINUTES
Wednesday, June 24th, 7pm at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium MINUTES
Wednesday, July 29th, 7pm at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium CAC MINUTES
Wednesday October 28th, 7pm at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium MINUTES
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 p.m., Lawrence City Hall — CANCELLED
Wednesday, December 16, 6:30 at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium MINUTES

these meetings are open to the public

East Ninth Public Workshops and Presentations will take place:
Public Art Workshop #3: Site History
Wednesday, August 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
Public Presentation: Design Development, Kick-Off For Technical Drawings Phase
Wednesday, January 7, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Location TBD

March 7, 2016: East Lawrence Neighborhood Association meeting
March 9, 2016: Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission
March 24, 2016: Historic Resources Commission
March 29, 2016: City Commission (targeted date)
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

In June, the CAC selected an Artist Selection Committee.  Members of that Committee include:
From the Citizen Advisory Committee:
Emily Peterson
Ben Ahlvers
Katherine Simmons
From the design team:
Josh Shelton
One representative of Sans Facon
One representative of Lawrence Parks and Rec.
Two outside Arts Professionals to be named by Director of Arts and Culture Porter Arneill
Porter Arneill will facilitate the jury process




Sept 1: Complete Street Design Document Submitted to City/ CAC/ Stakeholders

The Complete Street Design Document will be submitted to the City of Lawrence, emailed to all stakeholders, and available for review online shortly thereafter.


Sept 8: ELNA Meeting/ Review of Complete Street Design Document

Members of el dorado inc will be at the September ELNA Meeting 7-9pm, New York School library — *please note the date change, from Monday to Tuesday, due to the Labor Day Holiday* — to answer any questions regarding the Complete Street Design Document


Sept 9: LCAC Review of Complete Street Design Document

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission will review the Complete Street Design Document at their meeting at the City Commission room at City Hall at 7pm. The public is invited to attend.


Sept 15: City Commission Review of Complete Street Design Document

City Commission meeting, 5:45 City Commission Meeting room, City Hall



Oct 28: CAC (Citizen Advisory Committee) Meeting

6:30pm Lawrence City Hall, public meeting


Selected East Ninth Artists

As of August 4th, 2015, eight artists have been selected to provide public art pieces for the East Ninth Project — five for the East Ninth Artists and three for Integrated Works portions of the Work Plan.

The East Ninth Artists, all from Lawrence, are Meredith Moore, Rachael Perry, Nick Carswell, Zia, and Stephen T. Johnson. The Integrated Works artists include Jarret Mellenbruch, James Woodfill from KC MO, and Derek Porter from New York City.


Input for the artists and their projects can be directed to a general East Ninth email address integratedeastninth@gmail.com.


Update 12/23/15 via rep John Sebelius:

The design team will meet to synthesis the notes from CAC and public comments.
CAC will meet Wed, Jan. 27th at 6:30pm at Library and Wed, March 2nd at 6:30pm at Library
El Dorado will go before ELNA to discuss these changes and the plan once these comments are consolidated.
March 9th – El Dorado and the project go before the Cultural Arts Commission
March 17th – El Dorado and the project go before the HRC
March 22nd – El Dorado and the project go before the City Commission


1. The Neighborhood plan:  http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/lr-eastlawrence

2. The Cultural District Task force Report:  http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2013/12-10-13/fai_cdtf_final_report.pdf

3. The Original public application:  http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2014/07-08-14/pw_9th%20street_reconstruction_artplace_grant_application.html

4.  The Full proposal released later: ArtPlaceGrantApplication

5.  Draft: East 9th Street Corridor Project Policies_Edited – This roughly describes the roles of the stakeholders and how those play out in a simplified timeline.

6.  Draft: eldorado_inc _excerpt of public participation plan – This is a starting point for negotiations of scope of services involving public participation.

7.  Letter to the Lawrence City Commission, before the December 15th City Commission meeting, on ELNA’s suggestions for participation in the E 9th St Project.

8.  Work Plan — printable, web viewable, edit notes — guidelines created by el dorado to govern the scope of the work to be done on the East Ninth Project.

9.  Artist Request for Qualifications — this is the published call for artists to present their qualifications to the committee that will select artists and art for the project.

10. Letter to the Lawrence City Commission in June regarding suggested changes in the East Ninth Work Plan.



The Artplace Grantors held a Grantee’s Conference in May, in which Susan Tate, Art Center CEO and East Ninth principal,  was a keynote speaker. Her presentation linked here (the fourth video on the page, titled “Shift Happens”) gives insight into the Vision for East Ninth Project. .

What’s in a Name? Our Sept Oct 2014 paper newsletter featured an article by Dave Evans and Lane Eisenbart on the topic of the past names of what is now E 9th St.




There was a public meeting on Thursday October 16th 2014 at New York Elementary at 6pm to address community engagement and process.

An Imagining for the East 9th Street Project happened Nov. 16th from 10am-2pm with a potluck at Abe and Jakes.  This document, Imagine 9th St , serves as collected notes from the Imagining.

An all public meeting happened December 1st 2014 at New York Elementary at 7pm.  The City of Lawrence facilitated this meeting to discuss how the city can include the neighbors as full participants in the process and to address the scope of services of the design team  Approximately 100 people attended.