Archive for Thursday, December 11, 2003

Single family housing numbers down

December 11, 2003

When new home construction numbers are finalized for 2003, they will reveal fewer single-family homes built this year in Basehor than last year.

"It's been a little more moderate than last year," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator. "There was kind of a lull there for a while."

Recently, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City released its analysis for new single-family home construction. The numbers gauge the number of building permits issued through Oct. 31.

While the construction numbers for cities such as Bonner Springs, Tonganoxie and Edwardsville indicated an increase from 2002, they reveal a sharp, 42 percent decrease in Basehor.

From January to October of 2002, permits for 69 single-family homes were issued in Basehor. In the same period 2003, just 40 single-family homes were approved, according to the home builders' association.

While the figures are accurate in revealing a single-family decrease, the city's figures do not account for October, when six additional homes were permitted, Hooper said.

As of Dec. 3, 56 single-family homes have been permitted in Basehor this year.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the home construction in Bonner Springs, 121 percent increase, Tonganoxie, 31 percent, and Edwardsville, 32 percent.

While single-family home construction has slowed, the construction of multi-family dwellings has increased in Basehor.

In 2002, nine multi-family structures, accounting for 18 living units, were completed. In 2003, that number has risen to 12, accounting for 42 living units.

Construction of four-plexes inside the Prairie Gardens development on 158th Street comprised the majority of new multi-family units in Basehor. Hooper said duplexes were built in that time frame, as well.

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