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A heavy equipment operator works last week at a residential construction site along 26th Avenue.

COLUMBUS — A little steam went out of new home building during the first half of this year compared to the same six-month period in 2016, but that was more than offset by construction on new and remodeled business and industrial buildings.

The Columbus building department has issued 22 new home permits valued at nearly $5.5 million through June, a slowdown from 25 permits valued at $7.1 million during the first six months of last year.

New home construction is off a little, but could pull even pretty easily, said Dan Curtis, the city's community development director.

The department issued 49 new home permits valued at more than $14.6 million during all of 2016 and 46 permits with a value of $11.3 million in 2015.

Much of the new home construction is occurring along 38th Street and west of 48th Avenue, Curtis said.

Meanwhile, the department has issued 21 permits totaling $12.6 million for business projects at the midway point of the year. In 2016, the department OK’d 24 projects valued at about $11.8 million six months into the year.

Building permits issued to BD Medical in March for a new addition and the remodeling of another building’s web printing area accounted for a large chunk of construction activity so far this year.

The city's building department issued two permits to the local manufacturer during March totaling nearly $2 million — $1.3 million for the addition and $600,000 to upgrade the web printing area, both projects located along 10th Avenue.

In June, the department issued two $250,000 permits, one for a storage building for a local concrete business and another for an addition to DiStar Industries, 2170 E. 32nd Ave.

At the midpoint of the year, overall construction activity lagged about $3 million behind the pace set during 2016.

The building department issued 448 permits valued at more than $26.7 million through the first half of this year compared to 468 permits with a value of more than $29.8 million during the first half of 2016.

In June, the department granted 111 permits valued at almost $4.3 million. During the same month in 2016, 98 permits valued at nearly $7.3 million were issued.

Curtis said upcoming building plans include an addition to the Columbus Children's Health Care offices at 3775 45th Ave. and a remodel of Menards, located at 340 E. 24th St.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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