City housing permits rise in 2001
Rooftops in the Basehor skyline have increased in the last year.
Recent figures indicate the city of Basehor issued 10 more building permits in 2001 than it did in 2000.
According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, Basehor issued 23 single-family building permits in 2000 and 33 in 2001.
The increase in permits represents a 43 percent increase, the highest in Leavenworth County during the last year.
Basehor was one of only three Leavenworth County cities to show an increase from 2000 to 2001, according tothe figures.
Tonganoxie increased from 34 in 2000 to 37 permits issued in 2001, a 9 percent increase, and the city of Leavenworth rose from 52 to 66 permits, a 27 percent increase.
The city of Lansing dropped from 56 permits in 2000 to 45 in 2001, a 20 percent decrease.
There was also a decrease in permits issued to unincorporated areas of the county. Figures indicated a 14 percent decrease in 2001 from 2000.
Overall, Leavenworth County showed a 3 percent loss in the number of permits issued this year from the previous one.
City officials said they expected building permits to keep increasing in Basehor.
"I expect it would," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator. "I think the developers expect it to continue as well, even with the economy the way it is right now."
Hooper said one reason developers will continue to build in Basehor is because it is an attractive area.
"We have the new treatment plant online and the location is good," Hooper said. "With the proximity to (Kansas Highway) 24/40 and (Kansas) 7 Highway, and with the direct links to I-70 and I-435, you can get to anywhere in the Kansas City area in 20 minutes."
Hooper said residential development is a key to the city's prosperity.
"The big complaint we hear is that we need more commercial," he said. "The community wants restaurants and stores, but they aren't going to come until the rooftops do."
City officials said there are at least two developers considering the Basehor for new single-family residential developments.
The development group Cohen-Esrey has met with city officials to discuss bringing a 24-unit senior center to Basehor.
Although there have been no final plans made, the group has discussed building the development at 153rd and Martha streets.
The Commercial Group of Topeka has proposed a 24-unit income-based development that could be located at 143rd Street and Parallel Road.
Hooper said there has been no timetable set for when the developments would begin the process of building in Basehor.