The building of single-family homes in the metro area is at the highest rate in 10 years, and Eastern Jackson County continues to do better than the overall metro rate.

Through October, builders have taken out permits for 5,236 homes across eight metro counties, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. Roughly one out of six of those homes has been built in Eastern Jackson County.

Four Eastern Jackson County cities are in the area’s top 15. They are:

• No. 3 Lee’s Summit (counting its Cass County portion), 418 homes, up 26.3 percent.

• No. 8 Blue Springs, 164, up 10 percent.

• No. 14 Independence, 104, up 51 percent.

• No. 15 Grain Valley, 100, up 4 percent.

However, the building of multifamily homes – buildings with five or more units – is at its lowest rate in five years, so the combined rate of single-family and multifamily home permits is well off the pace of 2016, which was by far the best year this decade.

Quick hits

An 89-bed assisted-living facility is under construction east of the Drury Inn and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Independence. Cedarhurst Assisted Living & Memory Care is set to open late next summer. … Longtime local attorney Kim Roam has retired from practicing law and has taken a position at Blue Ridge Bank and Trust. He is the bank’s new executive vice president and division manager of the Wealth Management Group. … Truck Movers is moving its offices into a larger space under construction at MIssouri 78 and Redwood in Independence. … Care Now Urgent Care is moving into the old Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que on 39th Street west of Missouri 291 in Independence.

Cook, sell, profit

The Ennovation Center in Independence, home to several food businesses, is offering a 12-week course for those who want to start a food-based business or have done so in the last year. It starts in January.

The idea is to help start-ups get over some hurdles: production, distribution, regulations, managing a perishable inventory, gaining an entry in the market. The class will call on the experience and expertise of current Ennovation Center clients and staff. There’s one-on-one coaching, some use of the center’s commercial kitchen, and a buyer’s fair.

There is no obligation to become an Ennovation Center client. Space is limited; scholarships are available. Go to

– Jeff Fox is The Examiner’s business editor and reporter. Reach him at 816-350-6313 or On Twitter, he’s @FoxEJC.