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Construction steady in Swain County

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Construction, which came to a screeching halt during the Great Recession, has been growing in the past few years. For Swain County, the growth continues at a solid rate. 

In a report to the Swain County Board of Commissioners recently, Kevin Seagle with Swain County Inspections Office, said permits are continuing at a good pace. 

“We’re a little bit ahead of where we were last year,” Seagle said. 

The department issued a total of 539 permits last year (Jan. 1, 2017-Aug. 1, 2017) and 581 this year (Jan. 1, 2018- Aug. 1, 2018). 

Residential new single-family homes are up just by a handful, with 47 permits issued so far this year compared to 41 the same time period last year. The value of homes being constructed is up fairly significantly, $9,323,750 total for this year so far compared to $5,162,100 last year. 

Commercial activity has remained about the same, with nothing significant on that front. In 2017, there were three permits issued for new commercial buildings and this year there was one. Similarly, this year there have been three remodels with one last year. 

The total number of building permits is also up just slightly, with 109 total compared to 100. 

Seagle said there have been more inspections this year as well, including numerous erosion control investigations following two storms earlier in the summer that caused flooding. 

There’s no easy way to predict the pace of construction, but when prompted by the board, he said he anticipates things to be steady into next year. 

“I think we’ve kind of leveled out, which is a good thing. I think we’re running at about what we will be for the next couple of years,” Seagle said. 

Smoky Mountain Times

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