Surges in residential and commercial construction during September pushed the month's building permit valuation toward $8 million and put the local construction industry on track for a record year.
The monthly report issued by the city's building inspections office showed that permits were issued for 34 new single-family homes, which accounted for $3,224,450 of September's $7,868,119 in total valuation.
Gene Shaughnessy, the city's chief building inspector, said the majority of the new home permits appeared to be for houses being built in the Parkway West area directly south of Clinton Parkway and west of Inverness Drive, near the site of the new southwest grade school and junior high.
Shaughnessy predicted that area would continue to be hot for residential construction.
``It's like a whole new new city that's just sprouted up,'' he said.
September building permit activity also included 19 permits for duplexes, with a combined valuation of $2,220,350. Valuation includes the cost of construction but not land costs.
On the commercial construction front, the building inspection staff wrote half a dozen permits for new construction. The two largest projects are in University Corporate and Research Park.
Mid Plains Associates is constructing an office building at 1440 Wakarusa whose tenants will include the company itself, Kastl Plumbing and John Schmidt Associates, a New York Life agency. The permit for the building is valued at $700,000.
Almost directly across the street at 1305 Wakarusa Dr. will be the new home of the Neu Physical Therapy Center. That permit has a valuation of $495,000.
A third large project is a food mart and deli being built by Allen Construction at 454 N. Iowa, across from Riverside School.
For the first nine months of 1993, the total valuation of permits was $57,347,953, compared with $55,515,352 at the same point at year earlier.
The valuation total for all of 1992, $73,704,381, fell just short of breaking the all-time annual record, which was set in 1988. Shaughnessy said the local construction community appeared to be making another run at breaking that record.
In addition to more permits for construction on newly developed residential lots, Shaughnessy said his report for October was likely to include about $6 million in valuation for construction of the new southwest grade school and Prairie Park Elementary, the replacement for India School, east of Lawrence's Prairie Park. Also, Shaughnessy said he expected his office to write a $3.5 million permit for an addition to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
And Hy-Vee officials have said they hope to begin construction before winter on their new 65,000-square-foot store on the northwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Kasold.