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Residential figures on the rise in Basehor

July 24, 2003

Basehor is the fifth-fastest growing city in Kansas, according to the latest figures provided by the Bureau of the Census.

As of July 2002, the residential population of Basehor has increased from 2,239 to 2,513, a 12.2 percent increase. That puts the city as the second-fastest growing town in Leavenworth County, behind only Tonganoxie, which showed a 16.2 percent increase.

Tonganoxie is the third-fastest growing city in the state, according to the figures.

Other area cities such as Lansing (3.4 percent), De Soto (3.8 percent), Eudora (12.2 percent and sixth overall), Edwardsville (7.1 percent) and Bonner Springs (0.7 percent) experienced higher residential numbers.

For some Basehor city officials, the newest numbers validate earlier claims that the city's landscape was set to undergo a drastic alteration with several large subdivisions and business developments planned.

"I think (the growth) is a good thing, number one," City Council president Julian Espinoza said. "Number two, I think it's exactly what we've been expecting for the past three or four years.

"(The numbers) don't surprise me one bit," he added.

Espinoza said the increase in population should keep occurring as large subdivisions such as Falcon Lakes, Prairie Gardens and Prairie Lakes come on line.

Business ventures such as the revitalization of the Basehor Town Square, Pinehurst and Prairie Gardens are also helping attract new residents to the city.

But not every city official is quick to praise the city's expansion.

City Council member Bill Hooker, who's been skeptical of growth during his tenure in city government, said Basehor may be getting ahead of itself when approving new projects.

"We're not ready for all this new growth," Hooker said, citing drawbacks to the city's increase such as paying for new streets and services new housing requires.

"It's costing money because this growth isn't just housing coming in," he said.

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