Building projects valued at $4.1M
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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ARBY’S NEARS completion on Keith Street.  Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
ARBY’S NEARS completion on Keith Street. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
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A rebuild for a local fast food restaurant was among the four commercial building permits approved by the city of Cleveland in March.

The Keith Street Arby’s has been demolished and is being rebuilt to an updated style. The project is valued at $505,000.

Dave Raab, vice president of operations at Restaurant Management, said the building had been there since before the company acquired the Greater Chattanooga franchise in 1988.

“It has been on our radar for quite some time [to remodel]. It was a rather old building,” Raab said.

Raab commented he thought the original structure had been built in the 1970s.

The company decided it was better to demolish the building and start over rather then simply remodel the existing structure.

“We are very proud to put up a new facility in Cleveland,” Raab said. “Our customers have been good to us.”

The new building will be the same pinnacle design as a recently renovated Arby’s restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

“It’s the latest and greatest in Arby’s restaurants,” Raab said.

Raab said he has received calls from people in the area asking about the project.

The project is moving along and should be completed in June. A typical Arby’s restaurant takes 90 days to build.

Three other commercial building permits were approved in January. These included a new storage room for the South Cleveland Community Center, a utility shed for Mora’s Antiques and the replacement of parapet walls at an Interstate Drive location. All the commercial permits brought in $1,900 in revenue to the city, and represented a project value of $544,500.

A total of 38 building permits were approved in March bringing in $16,738 in permit fees for projects valued at $4.1 million.

The majority, 27, of the permits were for residential construction. These residential projects were valued at $3.2 million. Most of the permits were requested for the construction of Townhouses. There was one for an apartment building, one for a duplex and four for single-family homes. Seven permits were renovation or additions to existing structures.

The city also approved 13 land disturbance permits. All of these, except for one for the Arby’s project were residential permits. The permits represent $2 million in projects and brought in $470 for the city.