Through the third quarter of this year, builders have taken out permits for nearly $100 million in construction, remodeling and related work in Lawrence.
Lawrence is on pace for its third largest building year, fueled by a strong market for new housing and other projects.
Builders took out permits for $98.1 million in construction, remodeling and related work during the first nine months of this year, according to a new report from city hall. That's ahead of last year's $89.7 million third quarter but behind the $129.4 million racked up through September of 1996.
At the current pace, the city would tally $130.8 million in permits by year's end, good enough for the No. 3 building year on record. The $167.5 million in 1996 remains at the top, while 1998's $141.1 million currently is No. 2.
Builders have taken out permits for 285 single-family homes so far this year, and there isn't any sign of the pace slowing.
"We've been busy," said Jim Sherman, a city building inspector.
Builders took out 26 permits in September for new homes, together valued at more than $4.26 million, which doesn't include land costs. That's an average of about $163,902 a home, including two $375,000 dwellings in the new Longleaf subdivision in western Lawrence.
The month's biggest permit -- $5.3 million -- went to the Lawrence school district for its new Langston Hughes School, set for construction at the future intersection of Harvard Road and George Williams Way.
Four permits were taken out for $6.3 million in business construction, which includes the school. The other projects: A new Kwik Shop at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, an office building at 4321 W. Sixth and storage units at 1220 E. 23rd.
The district also received a permit for an $800,000 library addition and related work at Woodlawn School in North Lawrence.
Seven permits were granted for $497,500 in business remodeling projects. Among them: $120,000 for a new Westlake Hardware inside a former Hobby Lobby at 601 Kasold Drive, and $100,000 for office partitions at the Haskell Foundation's new headquarters in the Free State Business Center, 1201 Wakarusa Drive. Brad Ziegler took out a permit for $65,000 of work for a new bar and grill at 10 Marketplace, 1800 E. 23rd.
First Management Inc. took out two permits for new apartments at 1942 Stewart Ave., the former site of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Total value: $1.76 million.
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Builders signed August contracts for increasingly valuable work in Douglas County, according to a new report from the F.W. Dodge Division of McGraw-Hill Cos., which compiled cumulative values of such contracts for future construction:
Residential: $5.53 million in August, up 63 percent from $3.401 million a year earlier. (Includes homes, duplexes and apartments.)
Nonresidential: $4.754 million in August, up 228.5 percent from $1.447 million a year earlier. (Includes commercial, manufacturing, educational, religious, administrative, recreational, hotel, dormitory and other buildings.)
Total: $10.284 million in August, up from $4.848 million a year earlier.