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Permits for new home construction up 26 percent countywide this year in Douglas
by Tom Spigolon
August 07, 2013 11:57 AM | 1830 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Andres Rodriguez of R&R Masonry lays brick on a home in the Slater Mill subdivision in Douglasville.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Andres Rodriguez of R&R Masonry lays brick on a home in the Slater Mill subdivision in Douglasville.
Building permits for new home construction increased 26 percent in the first half of this year compared to 2012 in Douglasville and Douglas County.

Home builders filed 91 permits for single-family, detached houses valued at $17.5 million between Jan. 1 and June 30 in Douglasville and the county’s unincorporated area – an increase from 72 permits valued at $10.8 million in the same period of 2012, according to a survey of permits filed with the city and county governments.

However, the average cost of construction was more than $197,000 countywide, a slight drop from an average of $200,500 last year.

The permits showed more new and pricier homes began construction in Douglasville than in unincorporated Douglas.

Douglasville recorded 48 permits for single-family residential houses. Total value of construction was $14 million, or an average of $304,279 apiece. Only 18 permits valued at $5.5 million – for an average of $302,392 apiece -- were filed in the first six months of 2012 in Douglasville.

Most of Douglasville’s activity this year was in the Slater Mill community off Slater Mill Road.

The builder, Conyers-based Crown Communities, entered the Douglas County market in 2005, and is planning about 200 homes in Slater Mill when it is built out, said company spokesman Phil Corley.

“Historically, [Douglasville] has been a great place to be – good schools, good shopping,” he said.

Douglas County saw a decrease in single-family residential construction this year compared to the first half of 2012.

The county recorded 43 building permits for new construction in the unincorporated areas in the first six months of this year – a decrease from 54 in the same period of 2012.

Average value of construction also dropped. This year’s total value of construction was $3.5 million – an average construction cost of $89,893 – compared to $5.3 million or an average of $98,589 in the first half of 2012.

A majority of the permits were for sites in Parkside Village and Parkside Manor subdivisions in eastern Douglas County.

County Development Services director Mark Teal noted single-family permits had increased significantly in June and July compared to earlier months this year. Permit totals showed 58 filed in those two months – more than triple the number filed in the previous five months combined, according to monthly reports provided to the Douglas Neighbor.

He said some builders have begun working on homes in subdivisions developed but left unbuilt following the economic downturn of the last few years.

“A lot of investors are asking about finished subdivisions,” he said.

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