Archive for Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Prairie Lakes offers residential, commercial advantages

May 15, 2002

Residential development in Basehor is at a frenzied pace right now with houses being completed almost daily and more expected in the future.

However, with more than 1,600 homes in some stage of development, there is little retail or commercial business for the new or existing city residents.

A city with a population of approximately 2,200 residents, Basehor has one gas station and no grocery store.

But a development along Kansas Highway 24/40 could change that.

Prairie Lakes when completed it will have approximately 100 homes on 150th Street has 18 acres of land slated for commercial and retail use.

Although there have been no plans submitted for the proposed commercial and retail area, city officials are looking forward to the advantages the area would provide.

"It will provide a better tax base and it would give the city more commercial as well as sales tax," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

Prairie Lakes developer Steve Cole said there has been no decision made on businesses coming to the commercial and retail area.

"We really haven't decided too much at this point," Cole said. "We kind of want to wait and see what kind of businesses would fit into that location.

"We need some commercial properties that are nice so people will want to shop here," he added.

The commercial and retail area will not be developed until the three phases of residential development are complete.

The first phase of the development entails 27 single-family homes, which could be completed within the next week, Cole said.

The second phase was recently approved by the Basehor Planning Commission. When completed, it will consist of 24 single-family homes.

Phase two should be completed by the end of July and phase three, which has 57 homes planned, will be finished depending on how the first two phases sell.

Last week's stormy weather slowed construction at Prairie Lakes, but Cole said building would resume sometime this week.

Construction for the development is being handled by four separate builders, one of which is Cole's company, WCDI Construction.

Cole said his company previously worked on Iron Creek, a residential development north of Leavenworth Road on 155th Street.

Using the same four builders is important in developing good homes, Cole said.

"We stayed with a select group of builders in hopes of maintaining the quality of homes," he said.

The homes range in price, from $220,000 and up, and in lot size, with most between 15,000 and 17,000 square feet, developers said.

The development will have a homeowners association, swimming pool, clubhouse and a six- to-seven acre lake with a walking trail around it, Cole said.

"We're trying to make it little bit more upscale," he said.

Although the Basehor area is experiencing a rise in residential development, Cole said he was confident his development would not have a problem selling homes.

"It could be saturated short term, but long term Basehor offers a lot of flexibility," Cole said of the city's convenient location to Kansas City, Johnson County and Lawrence.

Not only is Cole committed to his current development, but also to future projects in Basehor as well.

"We're always looking for more opportunities for land for that type of development," he said.

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