JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – More contractors and sub-contractors are getting building permits in the city of Jonesboro, according to statistics released by the Jonesboro Code Enforcement and Inspections Department. Terry Adams, Chief Building Official, said commercial building permits were up 25% in the first quarter of 2010 than in 2009. The same spike was reported in residential construction permits.
"We were way down overall in '09, '08,'07. In comparison, we were way under board of what had been created," said Adams. "We didn't feel the bulk of the crunch that everybody else did. We caught the tail end of it and we survived through that part of it."
Jonesboro has generated $53,822.77 more in revenue from permits in the first quarter of 2010 than the previous year. In 2009, the city collected $68,910.39 in building permits. So far in 2010, the city has brought in $122,733.16.
"Out of those projects, the buildings have gone from a low square footage home into a large spec home, which has generated that project cost," said Adams.
Adams said more builders are constructing larger homes and commercial properties.
"Each building permit will carry multiple mechanicals on top of it," said Adams. "Anytime you get into more commercial work, commercial alterations, the bigger homes, the spec homes, in excess of 4,000 square feet, then naturally that's going to fluctuate and cause the contractor to have to hire more people because they've got more work to put out out there."
Adams said he believed the second quarter of the year will show increases.
"Probably the second quarter is going to show some increase. I don't know if the increases are going to benefit the city based on what we've done in the first quarter, nobody can really predict that," said Adams. "We've had a good first quarter; we've had a good run. I'm looking for a good year."
"When you're dealing with January, February March, you're still dealing with the ice, snow frozen ground, and what have you and the first quarter this year, we've shown a residential permits come up to 73 versus the 55," said Adams.