Basehor is a fast-growing city, and there are a lot of projects in the works that could help with the continued growth, the mayor said.

Corrected: 2:21 p.m. Feb. 17

Basehor is a fast-growing city, and there are a lot of projects in the works that could help with the continued growth, the mayor said.

“We’ve got a lot of things in the fire,” David Breuer said.

The mayor gave his annual state of the city address Thursday during a meeting of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.

Breuer said the population of Basehor is now around 5,500.

He said property valuations and sales tax revenue continue to grow in Basehor.

The mayor reviewed some recent changes that have taken place in the city including the addition of a Leavenworth County EMS unit.

Last year, EMS personnel began operating an ambulance out of the Fairmount Township Fire Department station in Basehor. On average, the EMS crew leaves the station within 52 seconds of a call being received.

Breuer also reviewed possible future projects including the development of a city campus.

He said the city purchased 46 acres of land near the Basehor Community Library on 158th Street.

According to information provided during the meeting, the complex could be developed to include things such as a new city hall, community center and park.

A member of the audience asked Breuer about the possibility of a grocery store in Basehor.

“This question is asked a lot,” he said.

He said major supermarket chains require communities to “fit in a box” in terms of criteria.

“We’re getting close to getting in that box,” he said.

When it comes to the major chains, Basehor may be competing against communities in multiple states, he said.

An Iowa company that operates a grocery store in Tonganoxie has expressed interest in opening a store in Basehor. Breuer said Thursday that company officials are still interested.

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