Residential Building Falling Down

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
Residential building permit numbers are down across Mesa County.

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Volunteer workers raise the walls and put on the roof of the rebuilt cottage on the campus of the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Residential building permit numbers are down across Mesa County.

The year-end numbers for 2009 show permits totaled 565, while in 2008 the total reached 713, and in 2007, reached 1,025.

But local Homebuilders Association President Robert Griffin say those in the industry are holding on, and that despite the down–turn, now is really the best time to build a new home, "lot prices have dropped dramatically, material costs are way down, lumber is at about a 25–year low, all of our subcontractors, they're again struggling just to stay in business, so they're taking work for less than we've had to pay in the past, and of course we're, our markups are less too."

And while commercial permit numbers are also down, county officials are already taking steps to make the area more inviting to builders, like faster permit processing, lowered taxes and fees, and expediting projects for faster turn–around.

For a link to those perks, visit http://www.mesacounty.us/openforbusiness/ .


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