Residential growth up in county last year
Last year, Leavenworth County -- and most of the cities in it -- issued more single-family building permits than the year before.
Year-end figures released by the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City indicate that substantial increases were made in permits issued for Basehor, Lansing, Tonganoxie and rural Leavenworth County.
Though the city of Leavenworth issued more permits in 2005 than any other city in the county, its total decreased from the previous year. According to figures, 175 permits were issued in 2004 in Leavenworth, compared with 144 last year, representing an 18 percent decrease.
Several municipalities in Wyandotte County also underwent a boom in new residential growth. Permit issuance in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville increased by 16 and 8 percent, respectively.
Kansas City, Kan., increased by just 2 percent, but issued nearly 500 permits.
The Home Builders Association contends, and figures back up their claims, that the eight-county metropolitan area is in the midst of its most successful period of residential construction.
According to the organization, 2003 through 2005 has seen more permits issued than at any other time.
In that three-year span, approximately 32,000 building permits have been issued for single-family homes.