If you’re looking for a sign that the local economy may finally be back on the path to prosperity, construction activity in Mission Hills in 2013 may be heartening.
The affluent suburb of just over 3,500 residents saw the value of construction activity jump dramatically from 2012 to 2013, from just over $11 million to just shy of $50 million.
Previous construction value in the city had been below $26 million every year for the past decade with the exception of 2007, when a sizable project at Kansas City Country Club pushed total valuation to $34 million.
Mission Hills also saw house demolition activity pick up again after two years of stagnation. There were six demolitions in the city in 2013, compared to just one each in 2012 and 2011.
“I would credit the big increase in building activity to a resurgence in the economy, a global economy which allows people to work from anywhere in the world, and of course to Mission Hills being not only a really good place to live but a great investment as our property values continue to grow,” said Mission Hills City Administrator Courtney Christensen.