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Commercial projects lead strong month

By Phil Major | Published Saturday, October 1, 2011

Decatur Planning Department reported the most active month of the year in August.

Permits yielded a total value of projects of $2,815,818, pushing 2011 construction past the $10 million mark.

Previous high month was May at $2,058,022.

New commercial projects led the way with $1,711,000, followed by commercial remodels at $880,560.

Top projects included the new Crossroads Church on Deer Park for $1,447,000, tenant finish out for Dr. Kyle and Dr. Smith for $517,778 and Russell Doubrava for $139,434 on Farm Road 51 South, remodeling Exxon Grand Slam at FM 51 and U.S. 81/287 for $443,968, and Decatur baseball/softball field improvements on Deer Park for $225,240.

Commercial projects also lead the way for the year with $3,751,781 for new commercial projects and $3,657,408 for remodeling projects.

By contrast, housing has been slow, with no new residential construction in seven of the first eight months of the year. All the new residences were permitted in March at $395,345. Residential remodels have totaled $331,708 for the year, but none in July or August.

Electrical, plumbing and mechanical have contributed $617,983, $378,745 and $417,360 so far this year, with signs adding $192,416.

The permits have brought in $143,720 in income for the city this year.

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