|Church project, housing, Love’s remodel boost month's building permits|
The largest single construction project of the year and a surge of five new single-family dwellings added up to more than $2.2 million worth of building permits during October, nearly doubling the year-to-date tally.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora has been planning to expand and remodel its parish for months, and officially started the wheels in motion by filing a building permit listed at more than $1.1 million. Utility work has already begun on the project. Also worth noting on this month’s report are permits for five new homes, all valued at between $125,000 and $300,000. That nearly doubles the number of new homes in 2012 from 6 to 11. The 10-month tally for homes stood at six last year and 10 in 2010.
The other big-ticket item on the October report was a $200,000 store remodel being planned at Love’s Country Store, which opened in 2003 as the anchor tenant at Aurora’s 332 I-80 interchange. The October boost pushes the year-to-date sum for 2012 up to $5.2 million worth of building permits. That’s ahead of last year’s $2.9 million pace, but well below the $7.9 million tally in 2010.