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Henderson County Building Activity Nearly Doubles as Home Construction Picks up in May

Henderson County Building Activity.jpgConstruction in Henderson and Henderson County so far this year is running nearly double that of last year, when COVID-19 concerns evidently put a temporary pinch on new home construction.

Through the first five months of this year, construction value has totaled $13.4 million (including $5.4 million in the city and $8.0 million in the county), compared with $7.7 million during the same period in 2020.

Housing construction was seriously pinched during the spring of 2020, with no permits sought for building new homes in the city in neither April nor May 2020, and none ought in the county in May 2020.

While housing is rebounding, last month also saw a host of commercial projects, including:

  •  A $290,000 permit issued to KAH III LLC for remodeling the former Family Video space at 500 N. Green St. into a BrightView addiction treatment clinic.
  •  A $250,000 permit to JRN Inc. for remodeling the KFC restaurant at 2236 U.S. 41-North.
  •  A $164,000 permit to Gardenside Center LLC for remodeling the former Goody’s Family Clothing/Gordman’s store at 2606 Zion Road, Unit H, for a Burkes Outlet discount clothing store.
  •  A $100,000 permit issued to JTCT Holdings LLC for remodeling the Pennyrile Building at 128-132 Second St. JTCT partner Casey Todd said the building will house a barbecue restaurant with fast casual service at lunch, full service for dinner with a full bar and seating for 60 or more inside and covered seating for 30 outdoors. The building also houses the Toddy Todd State Farm insurance agency, and a full remodeling of four second-floor apartments — including one-, two- and three-bedroom units — has begun. “They will be quality apartments,” Casey Todd said, adding that the $100,000 building permit doesn’t include the cost of electrical, HVAC and other improvements.
  •  A $15,000 permit issued to Terry Spainhoward for the demolition of the portion of the former Weaverton Apartments at 1124 Atkinson St. that was seriously damaged by fire in October 2019.

Eight permits were issued for new single-family residences last month (including five in the city and three in the county), compared with none in May 2020.

The city housing starts last month included a pair of new homes being built by Henderson Habitat for Humanity at 10 Holliday Ct. and 1014 Pringle St.

So far this year, permits have been issued for constructing 29 new homes (including 15 in the city and 14 in the county), compared with 20 during the same period last year.

The construction value of the housing starts so far this year (not including the cost of real estate and certain other improvements) has averaged $191,200 in the city and $304,536 in the county.

The total value of all construction last month totaled nearly $3.1 million (including $1.9 million in the city and $1.2 million in the county), compared with only $509,382 in May 2020. 

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