Development

Kansas City area home construction soared 42 percent in July

Updated: 2013-08-22T02:33:46Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City homebuilding industry continued to rebound in July with 410 single-family permits issued, up 42.4 percent from July 2012.

For the year to date, 2,356 single-family permits have been issued. The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City said that’s the most for this time of year since 2007, the last year before the housing crash that accompanied the Great Recession. That seven-month figure also was 33.3 percent higher than the same period last year.

“More builders are returning to the industry, and they are on average pulling more permits,” Sara Corless, executive vice president of the association, said in a statement accompanying the July report. “The growth has been substantial in the past three years according to the numbers we see today.”

Kansas City reported the most single-family permits issued so far this year thanks to its growth in the Northland, 386.

It was followed by Olathe, 301; Overland Park, 250; Lee’s Summit, 211; Lenexa, 120; Blue Springs, 104; Platte County, 100; Shawnee, 97; Kansas City, Kan., 83; and Leawood, 80.

On a county basis, Johnson County led the metro in housing starts, reporting 968 permits issued so far this year, up 40.9 percent from last year. It was followed by Jackson County, 452 permits, up 40.8 percent, and Clay County, 377 permits, up 4.7 percent.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here