Figures topped $6 million in the first month and climbed to $11 million in the second month. Those figures are far higher than the $1.556 million and $1.189 million issued in the first two months of 2011.
There were eight residential additions and renovations pulled in February and two business additions. The largest is a $1.048 million renovation at Cleveland State Community College. A permit valued at $130,000 was pulled to remodel a doctor’s office at 2535 Georgetown Road, N.W. A third business alteration valued at $500 was pulled for renovating office space at 263A North Ocoee St.
Included in February commercial construction was a $4.5 million permit at 4355 Frontage Road, for a Hampton Inn; a $2 million permit for a Pilot Travel Center at 481 Pleasant Grove Road; and Surf’s Up Car Wash at 2575 Guthrie St., valued at $732,000.
The four-story Hampton Inn will be Vision Hospitality Group’s second property in the Cleveland market after the Fairfield Inn & Suites opened in 2007. The new hotel is expected to open in spring 2013.
Pilot Travel Centers is renovating and expanding the former Horizon Travel Plaza at Exit 20. Pilot took over operations Feb. 21, and expects to reopen in early June.
Other permits include the $60,000 conversion of a former Ryan’s Steakhouse into a Royal Buffet restaurant at 138 Paul Huff Parkway N.W., and construction of new outdoor restrooms at 4031 Keith St. N.W., valued at $78,255.
Also, Scott’s Bicycles is spending $20,000 to renovate its storefront and First Tennessee is converting Oliver’s Restaurant at 3870 Keith St., N.W., into a bank building at the cost of $458,000.
Two residential permits were issued for a $120,000 house at 2065 Jordan Ave., N.W., and a $95,000 house at 164 Neely Circle. Dustin Hawkins is building four townhomes on Stone Castle Dr., valued at $62,000 each; and Patricia Haws has four under construction on Crosswinds Trail. David May Building Contractor is building a four-unit apartment complex on Professional Park Drive.
February permits totaled $10.948 million. The city collected $30,157 in fees.
Merck & Co. was the big spender in January when the company began a line relocation project valued at $2.512 million. The latest job is in addition to a $7 million line relocation that began in September 2011.
Also, Procter and Gamble continues upgrades at its Duracell plant on Mouse Creek Road with the construction of a guardhouse valued at $600,000. Other commercial permits include storefront renovations at 540 Inman St. West, valued at $143,000 and tower modifications at 195 High St. S.E. valued at $10,000
While commercial permits accounted for most of the construction, there were five residential and five business additions and alterations started. The largest two in that category were a $593,000 renovation project of the student union at Cleveland State College, and a church is renovating its youth and meeting facility at 1820 Volunteer Drive; and cell tower renovations at 3310 Colony Dr., valued at $10,000.
Thirteen residential building permits totaling $1.734 million were issued in January. The largest in that category were four permits pulled by Lay Construction valued at $250,000 each for triplex units at 530 13th St. Habitat for Humanity began construction on houses at 2086 and 2089 Century Ave., valued at $51,000 and $48,000. Brian Pesterfield pulled permits for four townhomes in Stonebriar subdivision valued at $62,500 each.
Permits for January totaled $6.099 million. The city collected $20,939 in fees.