Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2003

Building pace slows in Basehor

Single-family home construction flourishing in surrounding cities

September 11, 2003

Against totals from this time last year, the number of single family building permits in Basehor is down 37 percent thus far in 2003, according to new figures released by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.

From January to July 2002, 59 single-family building permits were issued in Basehor; during the same period in 2003, home-builders received just 37 building permits.

By contrast, the number of single family building permits has increased in neighboring cities such as Lansing (92 percent), Tonganoxie (52 percent), Bonner Springs (133 percent) and Edwardsville (41 percent).

Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper said the city has seen a decline in construction of homes priced in the $250,000 range and up, a reference to the problems at the Falcon Lakes development.

"A lot of (the decrease) can be attributed to the KDOT problems at Falcon Lakes," Hooper said.

The prices of homes at Falcon Lakes, a development planned for 550 homes, located on Kansas Highway 7 north of Leavenworth Road, begin at $250,000; new home construction at the development has declined over the past 18 months.

The lull in construction stems from a decision by the Kansas Department of Transportation to barricade an access road from the development to the highway, Falcon Lakes Parkway. Closing the access road has limited the development's highway exposure, developers and city officials contend.

Another factor in the decline of single-family construction is that developers are bringing multi-family proposals to the city. They include proposals at Pinehurst, located across from the Basehor Town Square south of U.S. Highway 24/40, where developers plan to build a 248-unit apartment complex, and at Falcon Lakes, where developers plan to build a 48-unit retirement complex.

"I think there is a need for some multi-family housing in Basehor," Hooper said, "but I don't know if it's as much as we're getting."

The city's decrease isn't an indication that new home construction is slowing in Basehor, Hooper said.

Developments such as Iron Creek, with approximately 100 single-family homes, Prairie Lakes, with 100 homes, and Prairie Gardens, with 550 homes, continue to progress rapidly.

Plus, new developments such as Hollingsworth Estates, a development located near Falcon Lakes entailing up to 70 single-family homes, and Creek Ridge, a development located on Parallel Road including 25 to 30 single-family homes, are in the planning stage and will begin construction in coming months

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