Archive for Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Building permits double from last year’s numbers

October 3, 2001

Recent statistics reinforce what many Basehor residents already know- that the city is set for a development boom.

According to figures released by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, the number of building permits issued in 2001 is up 127 percent from those in 2000, ranking Basehor as the top area of residential growth in Leavenworth County.

Basehor is far ahead of the second- fastest growing city in the county, Leavenworth, which grew 41 percent from the previous year.

According to statistics, the city of Basehor has issued 25 building permits by August 2001. At this same time last year, the city had only issued 11 permits.

"We have already issued more permits this year than we did all of last year," Basehor City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said. "Last year we may have issued 25, but it wasn't any more than that."

Other area cities also showed a slight increase or major decrease from the previous year.

Lansing, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville all showed decreases in building permits issued and Tonganoxie showed a slight increase with 5 percent more than 2000.

Hooper said city officials are unsure whether the boom in development would continue in the city of Basehor.

"If we had the lots available, I don't think there would be a problem," Hooper said. "The problem right now is that we don't have the lots available. We are running out of platted lots."

Hooper cited a lack of streets as a reason for a possible decline in housing construction.

"The developers are going to put in the streets for the developments," Hooper said. "The city isn't going to be responsible for streets inside these developments."

Evidence of the development prosperity in Basehor could be seen at the Basehor Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 2. (See related story, page 1A)

During the meeting, the Planning Commission approved different phases of three developments in the city. Approved by the Planning Commission were phase one of Regency Woods, phase one of Prairie Lakes and phase three of Iron Creek.

All three developments represent significant growth in population to the city, Hooper said.

City officials and developers are concerned by the recent developments in the world economy and how it affect future growth in the city, he said.

"It all depends on the economy and what is going to take place following what happened on Sept. 11," Hooper said. "If the economy slows down, it will slow growth, but I don't think it will stop it completely."

On Sept. 11, the World Trade Center towers in New York City were destroyed by a terrorist attack leaving many investors speculating as to what would happen to the U.S. and world economies.

While many national economists have claimed the attacks all but assured a recession for 2001, one local resident is unsure of the outcome.

"It is anybody's guess," Sun America financial planner Julian Espinoza said. "We watch it on a daily basis and we have seen a slight correction from an economy standpoint."

While interest rates continue to remain stable, the threat of a war continues to weigh on the minds of American consumers.

Espinoza said it remained unclear as to how the attacks would effect developers that are contemplating coming into the city of Basehor.

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