Bump in home construction requests spurs cautious optimism
JANESVILLE--Permits to build single-family homes in Janesville more than doubled in 2012, and local officials hope that means the worst is behind the local home construction industry.
A total of 62 permits have been issued so far in 2012. That compares to 29 in 2011, two of which were for duplexes.
Although both years pale in comparison to the 241 issued in 2006, Vicky Miller, development specialist for the city, hopes this year’s numbers are an indication 2011 was the home construction cellar.
“I think last year was the bottom, but time will tell,” Miller said.
“It’s going to take a long time to get back to where we were, if we ever do actually get back,” she said.
“We’re encouraged by the fact there’s so much going on with the commercial stuff, bringing more jobs and more people into town,” she said.
“We just hope that continues.”
The city issued 2,116 commercial and residential building permits in 2012, up 5.6 percent from the 2,004 issued in 2011.
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