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Construction value up 44%

Housing starts and renovations continued to show an upward trend this calendar year and for the first 11 months of the fiscal year, the Henderson County Inspections Department reported.

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Contractors pulled 49 permits for new residential units in May and 194 so far this year, up 6.6 percent. The fiscal year total through May was 427, up 6 percent. Residential remodeling permits totaled 717 for the 11-month period, up 9 percent.
The overall value of new residential construction for the fiscal year through May was up 15 percent, at $103.6 million while the value of new commercial work totaled $55.4 million, up 168 percent. The overall construction value from July 1 through May 31 was $159 million, up 43.6 percent. The overall value of residential and commercial remodeling and additions held steady at $35.5 million, up just .5 percent from the comparable period in 2015-16.