Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Building permits up over last year

September 9, 2004

Although statistics indicate otherwise, Basehor city officials said the pace of new single-family home construction is greater in 2004 than last year.

According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, the number of building permits issued so far in 2004 is the same as those issued throughout the first seven months of last year. From January to July of 2003, 37 permits were issued in Basehor, a number the home builder's association lists as Basehor's total in 2004.

However, city planner Angela Solberg said this week Basehor has issued a slightly higher total than last year. Her numbers indicate the city has issued 42 permits for single-family homes, a modest increase.

Solberg said the city believes more homes are on the way.

"I would say there will be because Honey Creek (a residential and commercial development on 166th Street) will be coming on-line soon," Solberg said. "Prairie Gardens (158th Street) is also going to have some. There are going to be a lot more lots available."

The city also believes the number of permits applied for and issued, will increase each year for the next several years, Solberg said.

"I think you're going to see more and more," she said.

Overall, Basehor ranks second in Leavenworth County for the most permits issued so far in 2004, behind only the city of Leavenworth (77 permits issued) and areas in the unincorporated zones of Leavenworth County (116 permits). Lansing city officials issued 29 permits and Tonganoxie 34 permits.

A total of 6,541 single-family construction permits have been issued in the metropolitan area throughout the first seven months of the year, a 2 percent increase from the record pace set last year when 6,396 single-family permits issued through July.

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