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Archive for Saturday, February 10, 2001

January building heats up

Permit values rise 48 percent from 2000

February 10, 2001

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Cold weather couldn't cool building activity in Lawrence last month.

City inspectors issued building permits in January for $13.96 million worth of construction, remodeling and related work. That was up $4.55 million, or 48 percent, from $9.41 million a year earlier.

"Weather does hinder a lot of projects," said Gene Shaughnessy, the city's chief building inspector. "But a lot of projects have been going for several months, and now just happens to be when they get the permit."

Two projects along Clinton Parkway carried much of the month's load.

Parkway Commons, a new apartment complex being built at 3525 Clinton Place, had permits for five buildings for a total of $4.79 million. The project is owned and developed by First Management Inc.

Raintree Montessori School is rebuilding at 4601 Clinton Parkway, where its main building was destroyed in an August fire. The $1.15 million reconstruction project is being handled by Denning-Santee Construction.

Elsewhere, Vanum Construction is building a $900,000 Old Navy store at 3234 Iowa, and Joel Fritzel Construction is putting up an $895,000 office building at 4601 W. Sixth St.

Penny Construction took out a permit for $200,000 in remodeling work at 4820 W. 15th St., to be a substation for the Lawrence Police Department.

Home starts slowed in January from a year earlier.

Builders took out 13 permits for construction of single-family homes last month, down from 21 a year earlier. The average valuation which does not include the cost of land was $132,904, down from the $137,633 average a year earlier.

Shaughnessy said that a lack of available lots likely hindered builders' plans, along with ongoing concerns about a slowing national economy.

RCCS secured a permit valued at $240,000 to remodel a fire-damaged apartment complex at 1105 La.

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