By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
PUTNAM COUNTY – Construction in Putnam County is up 24.7% from this point in the last fiscal year. There have been 121 building permits issued for new single-family homes this fiscal year putting construction on pace for a record setting year.
At this point last year, there had been 97 permits issued and by December 2018, 91 new permits had been issued.
New home construction, while spurred on by tornado recovery earlier in the year, continues the surge.
“We continue to see new subdivisions being developed,” said Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. “That’s the key that I look at as far as construction going forward – it’s when you start seeing developers who are willing to put up their money to develop new subdivisions, and we have had several developed or in the process of being developed right now which is a good sign.”
Although December is typically a slow month for residential construction, this year that wasn’t the case. December 2020’s 16 building permits at valued $3.77 million, were more than double last year’s $1.5 million and December 2018’s $1.44 million.