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Housing starts up from 2004

Officials optimistic about city’s future

December 22, 2005

For a second consecutive year, the city of Basehor has reached an all-time high for issuance of building permits.

According to the latest figures from the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, the city issued 93 permits for single-family home construction for the first 10 months of 2005. That total represents a 37 percent increase from last year.

Officials placed the city's building permit total closer to 100 when including those issued for multi-family homes and duplexes.

Basehor's total places them at roughly the same building pace as nearby cities Lansing and Tonganoxie, where residential construction has increased by a whopping 131 percent and 42 percent respectively.

Like Basehor, officials in those cities also indicated that residential construction is reaching all-time highs.

Burgeoning residential growth isn't native to only Leavenworth County, however. Other numbers indicate neighboring cities to the south are also seeing more new homes.

Though they issued fewer permits than their Leavenworth County counterparts, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville increased their permit totals from last year, showing a rise by 58 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

An improved home buying market suggests that area builders remain optimistic for strong construction this winter and home buying this spring, said Tim Underwood, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association.

"The remarkably steady pace of new home construction during the last six months clearly shows home builders remain optimistic about the prospects of home ownership in the metro," he said.

John Bonee, president of the Basehor City Council and himself a homebuilder, said the city's home building market is at an ideal pace. With 100 new permits, it provides Basehor with an expanded tax base, but does not overextend city government to offer additional services and outspend itself for the construction of new infrastructure.

"Between hot and cold, I would want it right there," Bonee said. He added, "I think we have a real good, strong, steady pace."

The council president said the home building market rebounded after a brief hiccup earlier this year. Following the hurricanes that crippled the Gulf Coast, prices increased for gasoline and building materials, such as lumber and pipe, and that caused a stir in the economy.

He said, "It just put a little scare into everybody."

"It was kind of a gut punch for a while," he said. "It lasted long enough to have an effect on the trade ... but people got over that and went back to buying."

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said he expects the number of new building permits to take a huge upswing in 2006.

"With all the developments we're seeing approved, I think that number is going to increase dramatically," said Garcia, noting that a dozen or so residential developments are in some stage of construction in Basehor.

Both city officials said new residential construction in Basehor is far from over. The market in town will continue to blossom as more developers learn what town residents have known for years.

"It's a nice area to build out, and people seem to know it," Bonee said.

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