Archive for Thursday, May 30, 2002

Development in all directions for city

May 30, 2002

In every direction and as far as the eye can see, new development is occurring in the city of Basehor.

Looking north, there's Iron Creek, a residential development that is currently building homes in phases two and three of the project.

Even farther north, there's Falcon Lakes, a 550-to-600 housing development with an 18-hole golf course and numerous other amenities.

To the east, there's Prairie Lakes, a 100-home development, and to the west sits Prairie Gardens, a 550-to-600 housing development.

Even in the city's center, next to Basehor City Hall, sits the new Pebblebrooke Gardens retirement complex.

The surge in new development is a trend not likely to go away anytime soon, city officials said.

"We've got a new treatment plant online. We're accessible to the Kansas City area and we have a good school district," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

"We provide a positive environment for development," he added.

Recent statistics released by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City seem to agree with city officials.

For the second year in a row, the city of Basehor has experienced a significant increase in the number of building permits issued from the previous year.

In the months of January through April 2002, Basehor showed a 46 percent increase over last year in the number of permits issued, according to statistics.

The percentage is the second highest increase in Leavenworth County, behind the city of Lansing, which had an 89 percent increase in the same time period.

"We have more developments ready to start building this year than last year," Hooper said.

Not only are existing developments moving along, but new developments are being proposed.

City officials said two new residential developments have been proposed in recent weeks.

One is a development that would be located south of Kansas Highway 24/40, and would feature 238 apartment units, 88 villa homes and 53 single-family residential homes.

The second would be located north of the city and would sit on 75 acres, city officials said.

There has been only preliminary planning for the two developments at this point, Hooper said.

For a city without a grocery store, and lacking in retail and commercial business by some accounts, it's new rooftops the city is getting.

But the lack of commercial and retail business isn't cause for alarm yet, city officials said.

Some of the new developments have areas platted for commercial and retail use that will start when the residential portions are completed.

Prairie Lakes has 18 acres platted for commercial and retail use, and Prairie Gardens developers have recently proposed a large area for businesses to locate.

"I think the developers are being smart by putting in the residential first and letting the commercial follow," said Chris Garcia, Basehor City Council member. "They're seeing what the need is first."

Garcia said the new developments will be good for the city in the long run.

"It feels pretty good for Basehor to have all of this development," he said. "We must be doing something right."

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