City building permits down in April
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
May 27, 2014 | 1014 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Cleveland approved 14 building permits in April representing $1.13 million in cost and value. This is down from March when 38 permits representing $4.1 million were granted.

April permits brought in $4,756 in revenue to the city. Six of the permits were additions or alterations to existing buildings, while the rest were residential permits.

Additions included deck and storage buildings. Alterations included the improvements to the South Cleveland Community Center restroom and renovating the former Little Debbie store on Mouse Creek Road into Jalisco Restaurante and Carniceria (Spanish grocery store and butcher shop).

Dente Santana, a consultant on the project, said some of the interior walls were being removed to make more space.

Marcelina Hernandez also owns two similar businesses in Dalton, Ga. He also has had a location on Keith Street in Northwood Center for 14 years that he will be closing when the new store opens.

Santana said Hernandez wanted to move locations in order to better serve the community, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic.

The business will feature a grocery store of authentic Mexican and Latin American food supplies and a butcher shop in the back.

Renovations have also begun on the South Cleveland Community Center restroom. The need for upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and correct other issues was brought before the Cleveland City Council during its January planning workshop.

During the voting session that same day, the Council approved the project, asking city manager Janice Casteel to find the funds necessary within the 2013-14 budget.

The project, as well as others approved during the meeting, is being funded through money originally set aside for a road project on Adkisson Drive. Casteel had stated the Adkisson Drive project will be delayed a year. Since that time, work has begun on the bathroom project.

Residential permits were approved for single-family homes in the Berywood Cottages subdivision and the Westhaven subdivision. Permits for townhomes and apartments on 13th Street were also approved.

The city received $1,825 in revenue from land disturbance permits, representing $667,450 in project cost and value. Six of the permits were for future residential projects, while the remaining four were business related.