Permits show city construction slowdown
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
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Building permits
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NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION led building activity in March as the city and county issued four commercial permits compared to 29 new home starts. Here, carpenters frame a townhome Thursday on Stonebriar Drive in the Stonebriar Subdivision.
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New home construction led building activity in March as the city and county issued four commercial permits compared to 29 new home starts.

The city Development and Engineering Services Department reported issuing 26 permits in the third month of this year, including three commercial, 10 building addition/alteration and 13 residential.

The city of Cleveland collected $10,199 in fees for construction valued at $2.37 million, well short of the $5.351 million registered in the second month and $3.053 million in the first month of 2013.

The county Building Inspections Department reported issuing 24 permits, including one commercial, 16 residential and seven in the residential additions and others category. Bradley County collected $5,453 in fees for construction valued at $2.03 million.

The construction value in the county remained about the same as the $2.3 million registered in February and $2.14 million in January, not including three new firehouses valued at $2.2 million each.

Of the 13 residential permits issued in March by the city of Cleveland, five were single family and eight were townhomes located on Stonebriar Drive by Duggan Development Co. LLC. and Chelsea Drive by Robert M. Lee Construction. The job values of the townhomes range from $70,000 to $71,250.

The five single-family homes range in value from $110,000 to $175,000.

Two of the 10 Building Addition/Alteration permits are of note. One is to bring a house at 222 Dooley St. N.E. up to code. The late Rev. Ralph Carlton Scotton, a prominent leader and evangelist in the Church of God of Prophecy, built the house in 1940.

According to past accounts, he was licensed as a bishop on Jan. 30, 1940. The vision of lost souls haunted him in the spring of 1941 to the point that he was “forced to give up everything and really get on the field for God.”

At the denomination’s General Assembly of that same year, he was appointed “general field secretary to the general overseer for the colored race.” In that capacity, he established churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

His younger brother, Willie Thomas Scotton, was the first African-American to teach at Cleveland High School.

The second building addition/alteration of interest is a kitchen-remodeling project at Cleveland High School for a culinary arts lab.

The three commercial permits include an office building at 2400 North Ocoee St. for sports medicine valued at $500,000; a professional building at 3760 Ocoee Place N.E. costing $240,000 and a $12,750 pump house at a luxury apartment complex at 3925 Adkisson Drive.

In Bradley County, the lone commercial project was issued in the amount of $20,000 to Wacker Polysilicon North America at 553 McBryant Road.

The 16 new-home permits valued at $1.74 million included seven single-family homes ranging in value from $100,000 to $350,000; four double wide mobile homes; five single wide mobile homes; and one camper.

The seven additions totaled $278,800.