Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Construction starts remain stagnant

Little change in pace foreseen until new wastewater plant finished in 2007

July 21, 2005

De Soto's 2005 building permit chart doesn't exactly resemble a roller coaster.

Halfway into the year, the city's permit counts have seen no spikes but have grown steadily to reach roughly half of the totals from last year and the year before.

"We've had very ... modest growth the past several years," city administrator Greg Johnson said. "I anticipate that will continue at least until 2006."

Johnson said he expected the city's new wastewater treatment plant, set to be running by the first part of 2007, to be a harbinger of larger commercial projects and increased home building.

In the meantime, numbers are calm.

Through June, the city had issued 16 permits for single-family homes. Last year, the city issued a total of 40 single-family permits.

Johnson said no one particular residential development was the sole permit contributor this year's single-family permits.

"As a general rule, they're kind of scattered around town," he said.

Johnson said by the end of the year, additional permits might begin to trickle in for Arbor Ridge, a 213-home subdivision slated for southeast of the Kill Creek Road and 83rd Street intersection.

Three commercial building permits have been issued so far this year, adding up to a value of $396,000.

In both 2004 and 2003, the city issued a total of three commercial permits all year, but the total value of those permits was $1.2 million and $4.4 million, respectively.

Johnson said this year's permits included that issued to remodel the old Kill Creek Pub, now Lexington Center office building, 32565 Lexington Ave.

Johnson said the number of commercial permits would likely grow before the end of the year -- Thursday's De Soto City Council agenda will include a request by Joe Rawie to rezone property at Lexington Avenue and 95th Street, where he hopes to relocate his Blacktop Paving business from Eudora. The De Soto Planning Commission approved the rezoning June 28.

Rawie and another De Soto resident, Tim Fisher, also have submitted plans for a new office building behind Lexington Center, which they hope to build by November. The pair, who own T.J. Development, built Lexington Plaza in 2004.

Through June, no multi-family permits had been issued in 2005. There were four in 2004.

A probable future contributor to the city's multi-family permits may be Don Parr's town home development on Lexington Avenue across from Lexington Trails Middle School. Johnson said that development was marketing models and received some permits in 2004 but would likely create more permit activity next year in 2006.

"They've had a few permits for a few structure issued so far, but basically they've just gotten started with that development," Johnson said.

The city issued 28 other building permits through June. Those permits include projects like garages, additions, signs, and electrical and plumbing work.

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