City’s boom in building continues
There's no doubt about it -- Tonganoxie's building activity continues to boom.
During 2003, the city issued 102 permits for new construction. The previous year, 2002, saw 94 permits.
The 2003 permits include 59 single-family homes, 38 duplexes (76 dwelling units), and five commercial properties, said Shane Krull, city administrator.
Krull said the increase in commercial -- there were only two commercial permits issued in 2002 -- was a positive sign for the community.
"We're hopeful that we'll continue to see the increase in interest in success and growth of existing businesses as well as any new businesses that might be created because of the increase in population," Krull said.
The 2003 business permits were for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital's clinic, a convenience store near Stone Creek, storage units on Laming Road, the Catholic church and the Dollar General shopping area.
According to Krull, the building craze is likely to continue.
Mark Himpel's empty-nester development, Fall Creek Villa, is just getting started, as is the fourth phase of Stone Creek, which is platted for about 24 homes. And, Cohen-Esrey plans to construct a low-income housing complex in the Stone Creek subdivision.