Gainesville has set a new record this year for the number of home permits issued, according to Community Development Director Rusty Ligon.
“Thus far in 2014, the city has issued 258 permits for new homes,” Ligon said. “We could likely top 270 permits by the end of the year.”
The previous record, set in 2007, was 239 new home permits. The record low of just one new home permit was set in 2010, during the recession.
By comparison, the city processed 208 new home permits fin 2013, Ligon said.
The city has also issued 27 permits for new commercial buildings this year, which is on pace to be the most in the past five years, Ligon said.
There were 18 new commercial permits issued last year.
“Overall permits, which include new construction, additions, remodels, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc., is at 1,900 for the year so far,” Ligon said. “This is similar to where we were at this time last year.”
“With all of the projects that have been approved over the past couple of years, we believe construction will remain strong into 2015,” he added.