Although permits for single-family homes lagged during June, commercial and apartment projects helped boost the value of local construction to its highest point of the year, said Gene Shaughnessy, the city's chief building inspector.
"It was a pretty even month, as far as commercial and residential goes," Shaughnessy said today. "By and large it was an extremely good month for construction in the city."
For the month of June, 150 permits were issued in all categories of construction, with a total valuation of $9.74 million. That brings the valuation total for the year to $41.33 million.
By comparison, 128 permits were issued in June 1989, with a total valuation of $3.63 million. The total valuation for the first six months of 1989 was $38.28 million.
JUNE'S $9.74 million in valuation was up from the $5.17 million valuation in May and was the second highest monthly valuation since March, when the valuation of projects totaled $12.9 million.
As in March, most of the valuation increase in June was attributed to large commercial projects.
The largest commercial project for the month was a $4.5 million addition at Davol Inc., 700 E. 22nd. In that project, Davol is expanding and moving some of its operations into the former Kansas Color Press building at 2201 Haskell.
"That's a good shot in the arm for the commercial projects," Shaughnessy said.
Another project is for a $584,532 addition at the Lawrence Paper Co. for more storage and docking area, Shaughnessy said.
DURING June, 17 building permits for single-family homes were issued in Lawrence, a drop from the 23 issued in May.
However, Shaughnessy said there were 16 single-family permits issued during June 1989, so the drop could be called somewhat seasonal.
So far this year, 150 single-family permits have been issued, well above the 114 issued by the same time last year.
The average value for single-family permits issued in June was $98,264, with the permits for homes ranging from a high of $425,000 to a low of $50,000.
Although the number of single-family permits dropped, residential construction got a boost for the month from permits issued for multifamily housing.
TWO PERMITS were issued for duplexes, four for four-plexes and six for apartment complexes during the month. That compares with 11 duplexes and eight four-plexes in May. In June 1989, there were permits issued for three duplexes and a triplex.
Five of the apartment permits issued in June were for an apartment complex, consisting of five six-plexes, being constructed at 3801 Clinton Parkway by Hurtig Construction. The five permits totaled $1,062,000 in valuation.