City heads for record on housing
Tonganoxie is close to breaking its own record of building permits issued in a single year.
Shane Krull, Tonganoxie city administrator, said Friday that the city has issued 63 building permits this year.
"There's a strong likelihood that we would set the record," Krull said.
In 2000 and 2001, the city issued 65 building permits.
In the past, The Mirror has reported the number of building permits issued, as well as the number of new housing units. For instance, a duplex counts as one building permit, but two housing units. Because the number of permits for duplexes dropped this year, the number of permits for housing units has decreased from past years.
"We don't have the strong mix of duplexes that we had in 2000," Krull said.
But that could change next year.
Jack Willis plans to have infrastructure in place by March for a new development, South Park Townhomes, which will be constructed on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40, across from Stone Creek Subdivision. Willis has lots for 41 duplexes, and the lots are going fast.
"I believe about half the lots have prospective buyers," Willis said.
This week, construction will begin on a highway turn lane for the new townhomes.
So far this year, Krull said, the city has issued only one commercial building permit for new construction, which is an addition to a storage unit.
But he said he soon expects to see an application for a permit from Dr. Vickie Smith who will be building a new veterinary clinic at Laming Road and County Road 5, in the Urban Hess Business Center.
In the last few years, Tonganoxie's growth has been consistent, Krull said.
"We're on a sustainable level," Krull said. "It appears that we're going to be selling 60 to 70 permits per year we've done that now for four years in a row."
Included among the future growth areas are additional lots in South Park and Stone Creek subdivisions, as well as in North Star and Eagle Valley subdivisions.
The value of new construction added to Tonganoxie since 1998 is notable, Krull said.
"We took a conservative average of $130,000 per home and came up with $34.5 million from 1998 to current," Krull said.
The growth followed the widening of U.S. Highway 24-40. In early 1998 the road was widened from two lanes to four.
Willis said he expects the expansion to continue.
"If the interest stays like it has been, there's no reason for anything to slow down," Willis said. And then, referring to his construction company, he added: "This has probably been a record year for us."