Smyrna’s 2012 New Dwelling Unit Permits Surpass Those for 2011

The Smyrna-Vinings Patch is reporting some positive signs of recovery in residential building around the Smyrna area.

In the first 8 months of 2012, Smyrna’s Community Development Department has already issued 123 new dwelling building permits. New dwelling units can include single family detatched homes, single family attached homes, townhomes, apartments or condominiums.

The 123 issued so far this year already beats the number of permits issued in all of 2011. Last year, only 120 permits were issued. In 2010, only 107 new dwelling permits were issued. 2009 saw only 40 and 2008 had 35. The trend suggests there is some definite recovery in the construction of newer homes in the area.

Though slower than the amount of permits issued in the spring months, the Community Development Department reported positive building growth for the city for the month of July when compared to the previous year. They say the positive numbers extend into permits issued for commercial buildings and in the amount of inspections and site visits the department oversees.

Director of Community Development Ken Suddreth said, “We’re actually about 118 percent year-over-year for the month of July, but that is not unusual. Normally there’s a lot of activity in the spring and then there’s a lot of building in the summer. So the permits have been issued primarily in the first half of the year, building will occur in the middle of the year and then we see a little bit of pickup in the fall.”

New Dwelling Unit Permits Year
123 2012 to date
120 2011
107 2010
40 2009
35 2008

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