Area construction numbers are seeing midsummer fluctuation
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Townhomes on Bellingham Drive N.E. were among new housing starts in Bradley County during July. Tricia Haws, Southern Style Homebuilders, is building eight townhomes about one mile north of the Cleveland Family YMCA off Urbane Road. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
Townhomes on Bellingham Drive N.E. were among new housing starts in Bradley County during July. Tricia Haws, Southern Style Homebuilders, is building eight townhomes about one mile north of the Cleveland Family YMCA off Urbane Road. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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County and city construction figures fluctuated during the traditionally slow midsummer months, according to permits issued by the two local governments.

County numbers fell sharply in June following a high in May when builders drew 40 permits valued at $2.48 million. The figures for June totaled $1.9 million on 34 permits.

The county recorded nine commercial permits for tents as fireworks vendors prepared for Independence Day. Builders started 14 new homes ranging from $65,000 to $215,000. New residential construction included three mobile homes and two campers. The mobile homes were replacements for homes destroyed in 2011 by tornadoes.

County numbers soared to $4.83 million in July on the strength of strong residential starts and classroom additions at Walker Valley High School. School construction accounted for $1.49 million of the $1.72 million total value of seven commercial and industrial permits. Twenty-six residential permits accounted for $2.96 million. Two homes were valued at $400,000 and $300,000 respectively.

The city logged 15 permits valued at $2.67 million in June and 22 permits in July valued totaling $3.13 million.

In June, the Cleveland Development and Engineering Services Department reported 10 building additions/alterations valued at $1.39 million, two commercial permits totaled $675,000 and $609,000 in residential permits.

The two commercial starts were listed as retail construction: 4625 Georgetown Road and a convenience store at 5150 North Lee Highway valued at $375,000 and $300,000. Three residential starts included a $150,000 house on Cottage Grove Circle and a $400,000 residence on Spring Creek Drive. Build-out of a doctor’s office in the Center for Sports Medicine at 2400 North Ocoee Street added $900,000. Security upgrades to Blythe-Bower Elementary and E.L. Ross Elementary Schools costing $47,763 and $63,459.

Hardee’s, airplane hangars and loft apartments carried city numbers past the $3 million mark in July to the third-highest mark in 2013. Hangar construction at Cleveland Regional Jetport accounted for $2.1 million. Nicholas Lillios invested $75,000 in loft apartments at 162 1st Street and a remodel job on Hardee’s at 1651 25th St. ate up $59,335 like it meant it.

In previous months, Bradley County recorded $2.14 million in January, $2.3 million in February, $2.03 in March, $2.82 million in April and $3.37 million in May.

The Cleveland Development and Engineering Services Department reported $3.053 million in January, $5.35 million in February, $2.37 million in March, $5 million in April and $5.85 in May.