Archive for Thursday, January 25, 2001

Basehor experiences residential growth while rest of area declines

January 25, 2001

Shopping for a house in Basehor is going to get a little easier.

In 2000, the city of Basehor issued 24 building permits for single-family homes, however that number seems insignificant compared to the number of building lots being considered by developers in 2001.

City officials have had discussions with at least seven different developers in the past year, which could create between 1,500 and 2,000 new building lots in and around the Basehor area.

"There is no way to tell how many permits will be issued this year, but I think its fair to say that the number will be substantially higher than last year," Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel said.

Last year, Scherer Construction proceeded in the development of Iron Creek Subdivision, located north of Leavenworth Road and west of 155th Street. Already approved are 54 residential lots which accounts for 22 of the permits issued last year.

This spring, Bonee Construction will begin on the Pebble Brook Retirement Apartment Complex. The complex will contain 35 units along with six buildings. The new retirement facility will be adjacent to Basehor City Hall.

Also on the list for development is the proposed annexation of the Falcon Lakes complex.

According to the Basehor City Newsletter, the city council recently voted to enter into negotiations to annex the development, which is a 540-acre tract along K-7 Highway, a mile north of Leavenworth Road. The project would include a public 18-hole golf course and 500 residential lots.

Falcon Lakes originally was owned by Sunrise Development Company, but has since gone bankrupt and was bought by Falcon Ridge Communities Company.

Building houses and golf courses is nothing new to Falcon Ridge Communities. In 1997, the company built the Falcon Ridge Golf Course and residential community in Lenexa.

Mayor Pfannenstiel does not anticipate any problems annexing the area.

"The only way we can annex the area is if the property owner signs a petition and that has already happened so there shouldn't be a problem getting it done," Pfannenstiel said.

According to Pfannenstiel all future developments in Basehor will be connected to the city's new wastewater treatment plant, scheduled to be finished in July.

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