Building permits down in the city
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Feb 06, 2014 | 768 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Revenue from city of Cleveland building permits was down in January from December 2013.

In December, 15 permits brought in $8,000, and 14 permits in January brought in $6,391.

The permits accounted for $1,500,982 in projects.

Residential permits accounted for the majority of projects in January. The permits accounted for $1,073,000 in projects, bringing in $4,548 in revenue to the city

Many were single-family homes. Three were in the Weston Hills subdivision. Other subdivisions with planned additions included Timber Creek, Walker and Hardwick, Neeley Park and Berywood Cottages.

Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland also pulled two permits for single-family home projects in Victory Cove.

Habitat Director Matt Carlson said the homes would be completed this spring.

“That will actually finish out Phase 1 of our Victory Cove project,” Carlson said.

This phase of the subdivision has included eight homes. Phase 2 for Victory Cove is being planned for 2015 and will likely have 10 to 15 homes and a road included.

“It’s moving along very, very well.” Carlson said. “It’s a great neighborhood.”

Habitat provides interest-free loans for homes built through the future homeowners’ “sweat equity” and the donated skills of volunteers. As part of the program, Habitat homeowners are required to complete a set number of hours of volunteer work, either on their future home or at the Habitat ReStore.

Habitat also pulled land disturbance permits in January for future projects in its Southgate Hills subdivision.

A commercial permit was pulled by Rob Renner Construction to convert the old Galaxy Bowling facility on Baldwin Street to a church facility.

The church will serve as the home of the Cleveland Church of Evangelical Faith.

According to the church’s website, this project that has been in the planning stages since March of last year.

A floor plan on the site shows the converted space will feature a sanctuary, fellowship hall, kitchen, classrooms, café area and several classrooms.

Other commercial permits were drawn for renovations to a substation warehouse and the First Tennessee bank building on Keith Street.

Another commercial permit was approved to have the interior of a business location on Paul Huff Parkway readied for a medical spa office. The business is locating in the new Mouse Creek Crossing shopping center.

Commercial permits accounted for nearly $428,000 worth of projects and $1,843 in revenue.

Land disturbance permits within the city limits accounted for $1,155,932 in planned projects. The land disturbance permit is the first permit required for a new project. This permit is secured well in advance of the start of the actual project. Land disturbance permits brought in $285 in revenue to the city in January.