New high school inflates city’s commercial construction totals
The past year recorded 68 building permits for new single family homes, according to a rough draft of the city's year-end report.
The homes valuations total more than $5.6 million and drew in $13,600 in parks fees. The city uses fees acquired from developments to finance new parks that sustain the added residents. However, developers can also choose to donate park land instead. The recreation commission has suggested the city revise the way it acquires park fees in order to acquire more money.
Many of the single-family home permits were for the Wakarusa Ridge Estates and Shadow Ridge developments.
The city approved permits for just three duplex units in 2002. Plans for duplexes for an area south of Prairie Estates failed approval in fall 2001, and duplex proposals for a Shadow Ridge addition passed rezoning just recently. The permits for duplexes in 2002 were for the senior citizen housing near Eudora Nursing Center.
No apartment permits were granted for the year, and the multifamily rezoning request for the Shadow Ridge addition was modified for duplex during the approval phase.
The valuation on added commercial permits exceeded the $5.65 million valuation for single family housing units, even though those permits reflect just four different endeavors. That's because the $8.2 million and change in valuation included about $7.7 million for the new Eudora High School, said building inspector Rick Treas. The rest of the amount reflects city projects and the Warren-McElwain Eudora Chapel.