Leader Blues

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

TOP STORY >>Austin: It’s a boom town

By RICK KRON AND HEATHER HARTSELL
Leader staff writers

Austin has posted three strong months of construction, even surpassing Jacksonville in June in its value of permits.
Austin issued $1.26 million worth of building permits in April, moved up to $1.72 million in May and then hit $2.33 million in June—besting Jacksonville’s June total of $1.71 million.

Austin Mayor Bernie Chamberlain attributes the strong construction trend to people wanting to move to a smaller area.
“People really want to get out of the city and into the country, and we are still pretty much a country community,”

Chamberlain said. “We’re growing, and I think it’s great. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have thought it would be possible that we would be close to 2,000 people in population.”

Still, Cabot leads area cities in June, issuing 38 building permits worth $5.57 million, followed by Sherwood with 69 permits worth $4.31 million.


Cabot

Cabot issued 38 building permits in June worth a total of $5.57 million, bringing the year’s total to 190 permits worth about $19.2 million in construction.

A $675,850 commercial permit issued to Jim Green to construct a retail building at 2241 Hwy. 321.

A $654,255 commercial permit issued to Hart/Lazenby Construction to build a retail building at 12406 Hwy. 5.

A $336,315 commercial permit issued to Big Red Convenience to build a store at 12410 Hwy. 5.

A $272,500 single-family home permit issued to Josh Shirley to build at 307 Duren Place.

A $172,100 single-family home permit issued to Mark Hollingshead to build at 1567 McAfee.

A $160,775 single-family home permit issued to Blake Peterson to build at 22 Cossatot.

A $154,325 single-family home permit issued to Hartje Construction to build at 505 Greystone.

A $154,275 single-family home permit issued to JHB Investments to build at 1539 Signature Dr.

A $150,000 commercial permit issued to Baldwin and Shell for remodeling at 301 Hwy. 321.

A $149,225 single-family home permit issued to S&H Harris Co. to build at 2358 Lakewood Circle.

A $147,025 single-family home permit issued to Pugreat Builders to build at 509 Cobblestone.

A $147,000 commercial permit issued to Jim Green to build a retail outlet at 2241 Hwy. 321.

A $145,875 single-family home permit issued to Chad Ellison to build at 2354 Lakeshore Lane.

A $144,970 commercial permit issued to Lantrip Construction to build a retail facility at 180 North Port Dr.

A $139,700 single-family home permit issued to JHB Investments to build at 1531 Signature Dr.

A$127,550 single-family home permit issued to JHB Investments to build at 1116 Aberdour Dr.

A $122,750 single-family home permit issued to Ben Utley to build at 22 Clearwater Lane.

A $120,975 single-family home permit issued to Debken to build at 1550 Cypress Point.

A $119,275 single-family home permit issued to Hartje Group to build at 1109 Aberdour Dr.

A $116,875 single-family home permit issued to the Hartje Group to build at 40 Cypress Creek Dr.

A $111,950 single-family home permit issued to Ronnie Jones to build at 125 Lakeland Dr.

A $109,875 single-family home permit issued to Joshua Taylor to build at 1718 Pioneer Dr.

A $105,000 commercial permit issued to Charles Ward Rentals to build warehouses at 2301 S. Pine St.


SHERWOOD

Sherwood issued 69 permits during June worth a total of $4.31 million, up about $600,000 from June 2006.
For the year, Sherwood has issued 342 permits, about 60 more than last year at this time, worth $24.43 million. Among the June permits were 25 single-home permits, 16 home remodeling, and three commercial permits.

Permits worth $100,000 or more include:

A $730,000 commercial permit issued to Hat Creek Construction and Development to build at 208 Brookswood.

A $210,000 single-family home permit issued to Keathley Construction to build at 9317 Johnson Dr.

A $195,000 single-family home permit issued to Medlock Construction to build at 9616 Mercury Dr.

A $190,000 single-family home permit issued to Medlock Construction to build at 3109 Rock Springs Dr.

A $183,400 single-family home permit issued to Woodhaven Homes to build at 2900 Marble Cove.

A $180,000 single-family home permit issued to Medlock Construction to build at 3133 Clearwater.

A $155,000 single-family home permit issued to Bruce Engel Construction to build at 2825 Maelstrom Circle.

A $154,000 single-family home permit issued to Bruce Engel Construction to build at 9716 Wild Mountain Dr.

A $150,000 single-family home permit issued to Randy Wiggins Co. to build at 8140 Austin Gardens Ct.

A $145,000 single-family home permit issued to Tommy Scott Construction to build at 1833 Hidden Creek Dr.

A $135,000 single-family home permit issued to J&M Builders to build at 10717 Misty Ridge Dr.

Two $125,000 single-family home permits issued to Randy Wiggins Co. to build at 8116 and 8132 Austin Gardens Ct.

A $120,000 single-family home permit issued to Renaissance Homes to 1724 Hidden Creek Dr.

A $118,000 single-family home permit issued to Euro-Homes to build at 517 Feldspar Dr.

A $112,000 single-family home permit issued to Nuage Residential Contractors to build at 1816 Windridge Ct.

Two $109,000 single-family home permits issued to Nuage Residential Contractor to build at 1820 and 1808 Windridge Ct.

A $107,834 single-family home permit issued to Craig Custom Construction to build at 2233 Sage Meadows Circle.

A $105,150 single-family home permit issued to Craig Custom Construction to build at 2200 Sage Meadows Circle.

A $103,047 single-family home permit issued to Craig Custom Construction to build at 2208 Sage Meadows Circle.

A $100,000 single-family home permit issued to Michael Jordan to build at 112 May St.


AUSTIN

Austin issued 20 building permits in June worth a total of $2.33 million, bringing the year’s total to 68 permits worth about $7.88 million in construction.

Of the 20 permits issued, three were for single-family homes in the Shadow Creek subdivision valued at over $200,000.
Eight permits, worth a total of $844,120, were issued for single-family homes in the Weathering Heights subdivision to CB Homes, K and C Construction and Weathers, Inc.

Three permits, worth $321,700, were issued to Keith Moore Construction for single-family homes in the Orchard Estates subdivision. Two permits, worth $258,300, were issued to Cody Ward for single-family homes in the Quapaw Estates subdivision.


JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville issued 20 building permits in June worth a total of $1.71 million. Among the June permits were eight single-family homes, five multi-family homes, two commercial and five home improvement permits.

A $95,000 commercial permit issued to Jeff Gibson for a commercial addition. Three multi-family permits worth a total of $288,000 were issued to Burton and Gray to build three duplexes at 1000, 1004 and 1008 Stanphil Road.

An $80,000 and $90,000 multi-family permit issued to Cabot Electric and Construction to build at 1034-1032 and 1038-1036 Gina Circle. A $157,000 single-family permit issued to Horton Custom Homes to build at 6001 Reveille Court. A $140,000 single-family permit issued to Garrett Construction to build at 301 Forest Glen Cove. A $140,000 single-family permits, issued to B.J. Smith Construction, Inc. to build at 509 Forest Oak Cove.


WARD

Ward issued seven permits in June worth a total of $378,875.

Of those, three permits were for single-family homes, one was for park improvements and two were for home improvements.
A $12,000 permit was issued to the city of Ward for improvements at Busby Lake.

An $85,150 single-family permit issued to Royal Concept to build at 12 Willow Cove. Two single-family permits, worth $76,750 and $75,625, issued to Keith Westbrook to build at 20 and 22 Farrah. A $72,350 single-family permit issued to Keith Moore Construction to build at 940 Brewer Street.


LONOKE

Nine building permits were issued in Lonoke during June for a total of $568,500. Two permits were for single-family homes; one was for a building addition, one for a remodel and two for a fence.

A $110,000 single-family-home permit issued to Kevin Whitehurst to build at 1205 Navajo Trail.

A $150,000 single-family-home permit issued to Ron Burch to build at 30 Choctaw Circle.

A $145,000 building-addition permit issued to Southwind Construction to build at 215 Waggoner.

A $130,000 remodeling permit issued to Sonic to re- vamp vamp their exterior at 1221 Barnes.


BEEBE

Beebe issued seven building permits in June worth a total of $81,500. All but one permit was for home improvements.
A $76,000 single-family home permit issued to Jeff Tarno to build at 205 N. Apple.