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.