Danedri Thompson
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The number of building permits issued in the city of Gardner has steadily increased since 2011, and city planning technician Travis Hulse anticipates the growth to continue this year.
In 2004, Gardner issued 443 single family home permits.
“(Permit issuance) decreased until it hit rock, and then it continued to go up and down, up and down,” Hulse said. “In 2011, we were at 40 (single family home) permits. That’s really the ground floor. Since that time, building activity has gone up and up.”
City officials issued 49 permits in 2012, 78 in 2013 and 85 in 2014.
“Our indication as of now is that will continue to trend upwards,” Hulse said.
Commercial construction is a little more difficult to predict. Last year, Divine Mercy Catholic Parish requested a permit to expand at 555 W. Main Street. Casey’s General Store built a new convenience shop and gas station on the southwest corner of Madison and Moonlight Road and Gardner Auto Body and Storage expanded, but that’s it.
Commercial building permits have just gone up and down.
“I can tell you that to date in 2015, our commercial activity has not been real apparent yet,” Hulse said. “I can’t give any assurance of what’s going to happen this year or next year.”
Regionwide, Hulse said he’s been hearing that commercial interest slowed down at the end of last year, and hasn’t picked up so far in 2015. However, he said that’s likely to change once spring arrives.
“We’re assuming some of the slowdown comes along with the cold weather,” he said. “Hopefully as it starts to warm up a little bit, that’s when we’ll start to see interest and start to see what this year is going to be about.”
There are a few projects that may start this year. For example, there are plans for a 72-unit apartment complex near 183rd Street and Gardner Road near Horizon Trails. Olathe Ford & RV has also filed plans to expand at its locate near Nike Elementary School.