Building boom: 117 houses added in 2003
Last year's building boom closed out 2003 with a bang.
Rick Treas, Eudora's building inspector, said 117 single-family home permits were issued last year. That compares with 68 in 2002, 78 in 2001, 58 in 2000, 61 in 1999 and 32 in 1998.
Coldwell Banker real estate broker Caren Rowland said there were several new developments in Eudora as well as expansions to existing developments.
"There is a new phase going in at Shadow Ridge, which is already sold out to builders," Rowland said. "It amazed me."
With a population of about 4,800, Eudora could expect to increase because of these new and expanding developments.
Developments that have been popping up around town other than Shadow Ridge include Whispering Meadows, Meadowlark and Grand Addition, which is in the works.
Rowland said she saw a mixture of movement from outsiders coming in as well as Eudora residents moving within the community.
"There is a good combination," she said. "People are coming in from Lawrence or Kansas City and here in town, too."
Rowland said she knew exactly why people wanted to move to Eudora.
"We have a good location just off of K-10, which is extremely convenient," she said. "Our school system (as well). Smaller schools get a good reputation, and people like to raise children in smaller towns."
Rowland said she had seen a "well-rounded" group moving to Eudora, ranging from retired couples to those looking to settle down and start a family.
With all this new development, some may wonder how far it will go. Treas said there was no limit on development growth at the present time.
"We have not stopped any sort of growth," he said. "If they want to come in, they have to go through all the procedures and we say yes or no."