Building activity awakening

April 12, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Residential building activity in Carroll increased in the first quarter of this year compared with last year, General Services Director J. Michael Evans told the county commissioners yesterday.

"The building market is quite aggressive right now," he said.

In the first quarter of this year, builders applied for 378 residential housing permits, a rise of more than 50 percent from the 248 in last year's first quarter.

This year's number also is higher than those of 1992, when builders applied for 311 permits, and 1991, when they applied for 158.

It is lower than the 446 permits in the first quarter of 1990.

Applications "are the hint of things to come," Mr. Evans said. They give county officials an idea of how many houses builders plan to construct in the next six months.

The number of residential building applications began rising last year after flattening out in 1992 and 1991 compared with previous years.

Based on activity in the first quarter and data from the past 10 years, Mr. Evans said, he expects builders to apply for 1,736 permits this year.

Last year, builders applied for 1,602 residential building permits.

The number of residential housing permits actually issued in the first quarter of this year also was up compared with last year and is higher than the past four years.

This year, the county issued 324 permits in the first three months, compared with 232 in the same period last year.

In 1992, the county issued 240 permits; in 1991, 152 permits; and in 1990, 259 permits.

Mr. Evans predicted the county would issue 1,481 permits this year, compared with 1,371 last year.

The average value of a new home in Carroll, excluding land, was estimated at $131,616 in the first quarter of this year, Mr. Evans said. The 1993 average value was $120,580.

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