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December 3, 2012

County slowly recovers from construction lull



(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories reporting about year-end statistics for Madison County, Berea and Richmond.)

The past decade has seen dramatic fluctuation in construction costs throughout the county, according to numbers recently released by Duane Curry, Madison County Planning and Zoning Administrator.

Since 2002, the estimated spending on all construction within the county, outside of Richmond and Berea, has ranged from a low just more than $21.55 million in 2011 to a high of nearly $89.17 million in 2004.

The estimated construction costs from 2002 to date are as follows:

• 2002 – $45,905,758

• 2003 – $56,025,157

• 2004 – $89,167,500

• 2005 – $82,175,123

• 2006 – $67,733,732

• 2007 – $42,276,389

• 2008 – $58,234,509

• 2009 – $24,314,062

• 2010 – $22,558,136

• 2011 – $21,551,371

• 2012 – $34,797,134

“Looking at the trend, construction in Madison County was following the trend nation-wide,” Curry said. “The numbers in 2011 and 2012 as you can see have moved upward showing some sign of improvement.”

The largest increase in 2011 and 2012 comes from new multi-family dwellings with almost $4 million dollars of new construction in this area, he said.

Building permits

As for building permits issued from 2002 to date, the number of permits issued peaked in 2005 with 729 permits and the least was 335 in 2010.

The number of building permits issued from 2002 to date are as follows:

• 2002 – 575

• 2003 – 580

• 2004 – 710

• 2005 – 729

• 2006 – 551

• 2007 – 502

• 2008 – 435

• 2009 – 374

• 2010 – 335

• 2011 – 367

• 2012 – 476

Home construction

The total spent constructing new homes in Madison County was virtually tied in 2004 and 2005 at around $72.7 million. Since 2002, new home construction was at its highest during these two years, and was lowest last year, when just over $14.2 million was spent.

However, that number increased drastically this year, with just over $25.8 million spent on new home construction.

“Most of the (county’s total) construction for 2012 was new, single-family homes and multi-family dwellings,” Curry said.

“Typically, when new construction increases, remodelings decrease and vice versa. People decide they are going to fix up the home they are living in rather than build a new one. One major area that has halted is the development of new subdivisions in the County.

“We currently have 253 major subdivisions in the county, with 62 percent of those being developed since 1990. In the past two years we have approved only one new major subdivision in Madison County.”

The total amount spent on new home construction since 2002 comes to nearly $405.33 million, Curry reports.

Construction of commercial buildings reached its peak in 2008 at nearly $31.8 million and was lowest in 2002 when only $223,872 was spent.

However, 2012, shows a promising increase in commercial construction, totaling $1.22 million.

“It seems Madison County, because of location and amenities afforded in our county, has been able to avoid the major shut down that other parts of the country have seen, and we have been able to keep moving forward,” Curry said. “I do believe we will still continue to see a slight increase in 2013, however, I do not think we will return back to the growth of 2004 and 2005 for many years.”

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@

or 624-6608.

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