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City’s building pace accelerated in 2012

January 15, 2013

Residential and commercial construction in the city continued to thaw in 2012, according to year-end figures from Shawnee City Hall.

Last year, city building permits were pulled for 138 new single-family homes with an average value of $285,582, Planning Director Paul Chaffee said.

That compared to 58 new single-family permits with an average value of $283,241 in 2011.

“It was the most single-family permits we’ve had since 2006” — the year before the recession slammed the construction industry, Chaffee said.

Single-family permits were issued for new homes in 19 Shawnee subdivisions last year. Leading the way were Grey Oaks, 45; Granite Falls, 23; Lakepointe, 13; and Ridge Stone Meadows, 11.

On the commercial side, Chaffee said, 2012 construction was dominated by remodeling projects, which were valued at $10 million — $7 million more than the previous year, Chaffee said.

New commercial construction permitted in Shawnee last year was valued at $6.1 million, which was down from $8 million in 2011. But about $6 million of the 2011 number stemmed from a single project, an addition to Hocker Grove Middle School, Chaffee said.

By contrast, several smaller commercial construction projects were permitted in 2012.

They included the new Chipotle Mexican Grill, 11805 Shawnee Mission Parkway; a new QuikTrip, 20605 Shawnee Mission Parkway; the new AutoZone being built at Johnson Drive and Roberts Street; a new Advanced Auto Parts, 22103 W. 66th St.; a Temp Stop gasoline station and convenience store at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road; a new Jenkins & Leblanc Dentistry For Children office at 6850 Hilltop Road; a new Hindu temple near 63rd Street and Mauer Road; and an outdoor rink addition to the KC Ice Center, 19900 Johnson Drive.

According to Chaffee, Walmart recently pulled a permit for its new $6.3 million Supercenter at 5701 Silverheel Road in western Shawnee.

“So we should be in good shape for 2013,” he said.

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