September building permits post drop
by DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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The foundation for the new communications building on the campus of Lee University at 345 Church St. N.E. was in place Tuesday. The $4 million building accounted for more than half of construction starts in Cleveland in September. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
The foundation for the new communications building on the campus of Lee University at 345 Church St. N.E. was in place Tuesday. The $4 million building accounted for more than half of construction starts in Cleveland in September. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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Construction activity in the city of Cleveland fell sharply in September from the $7 million mark posted the previous month in August.

The September numbers added up to $1.22 million on 16 job starts. Most notable in the ninth month was the continued investment in Bradley Square Mall with the buildout of a Rue 21 retail store costing $194,000. Mouse Creek Crossing along Paul Huff Parkway continued filling spaces with a Great Clips location. That buildout was valued at $20,000.

Among the addition/alteration permits was a $5,000 job for renovation of a certified nursing assistant training center at 891 Keith St.

The city collected $5,131 in fees in September.

The numbers for the preceding month were lifted by the new communications building at Lee University and accounted for more than half of the value of construction in August.

The city issued 32 permits totaling $7.385 million in the eighth month of the year. Of those, 18 were residential valued at $2.585 million and 10 were for additions/alterations totaling $395,000. Four commercial permits accounted for $4.405 million.

In the commercial category, the communications building was listed at an even $4 million. The next largest commercial project, $340,000, was the buildout of a medical office for Chattanooga Allergy Clinic at 3760 Ocoee Place N.W. The buildout of an OK Maguey Restaurant in the food court at Bradley Square Mall was valued at $44,945. The fourth permit was for a new restroom on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway valued at $20,000. The facility is located near the playground at 755 Raider Drive N.W.

A symbolic groundbreaking for the restrooms occurred July 30 to celebrate the partnership of People for Care and Learning, the city of Cleveland, Men and Women of Action, Caldwell Paving, United Way of Bradley County and Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway Committee. The contractor for the job is Ronald Barker.

The restroom is taking shape behind the People for Care and Learning playground in the small parking lot.

In the addition/alteration category, the Church of The Nazarene at 2712 Henderson Ave., N.E. installed playground equipment. The installation was valued at $500. Also in the same category was an interior remodel for a restaurant at 162 1st St. N.E. valued at $250,000. NAPA of Cleveland added two walls in the building at 1500 Clingan Ridge Drive N.W. for $50,000.

Thirteen single-family residential permits ranged from $27,500 for a mobile home at 675 1st St. N.E. to a $404,000 single-family residence at 387 Stonewood Drive N.W. Another notable single-family home, valued at $335,000, is under construction at 3243 Scarlett Oaks Drive N.W. Four townhomes in Stonebriar subdivision valued at $71,250 each; one quad unit for rental property at 110 Grove Ave., valued at $320,000; and one $25,000 storage building at 5445 Ramsey St. N.W. were included in the residential category.

The city collected $22,065 in fees from contractors and builders in August.