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Building permits were up in Monett during 2009

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Monett Building Inspector's office issued permits worth $10.8 million in 2009. The permit summary released to the Monett City Council showed 13 major commercial and industrial projects in a year when the economy was notably flat plus new house construction comparable to recent years.

Building Inspector George Rausch said 2009, when compared to the past 20 years of records, was an average year. Permit sales in the early 1990s were generally lower, while the peak years from 2000 to 2002 ran almost three times the current construction rate.

Three projects made up 42 percent of the dollars invested in commercial and industrial construction for the year: the $1.7 million addition at International Dehydrated Foods, the $1.5 million additionals to the Southwest Area Career Center and the $1.4 million addition on Miracle Recreation Equipment's plant on County Road.

There were also several public service undertakings that expanded: a $118,750 addition on the Barry County Heath Department's Monett office, a $350,000 addition on the Church of Christ and a $8,500 remodeling of the old Smart Start daycare center to make a new office for Arc of the Ozarks.

Six commercial projects received permits representing $792,000 in new investment in Monett business.

Rausch pointed out a year ago that in the preceding 19 years, the average annual value of new commercial and industrial construction has been $4.7 million a year. That makes $6.6 million in 2009 an above average year.

Residential construction also showed surprising strength. Contractors built $4.2 million in new housing, up from $3.3 million in 2008.

Permits issues for 17 new homes represented an increase of one over the previous year. Housing contruction in Monett has remained fairly steady for the last three years.

Assistant Building Inspector Wade Ennes, who concentrates on residential projects, noticed a pattern in the type of houses being built. Three contractors put up six houses of 2,050 square feet or bigger, worth between $205,000 and $300,000. Three contractors built eight homes from 1,224 to 1,531 square feet that were to sell for $115,000 or less.

According to Ennes, 14 of the 17 permits issued were for high end or low end construction. The three remaining homes reflected less demand in the middle range. Three contractors put up houses from 1,224 to 2,435 square feet, estimated to sell between $139,000 and $190,000.

There was still considerable demand by homeowners to remodel or add onto their existing homes. Six permits totaling $234,000 were sold for remodels, and seven permits totalling $158,500 wer sold for additions.

One contractor put up two four-plexes in two different subdivisions. Each project cost between $250,000 and $300,000. Two other contractors each constructed a duplex, estimated to be worth between $148,000 and $300,000 each.

The strong showing for construction in 2009 left Rausch optimistic about future building in Monett.

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