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July 30th, 2012
Construction permits total $77M in first half of year

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The city of San Marcos issued permits for more than $77 million in commercial and residential construction and renovation during the first half of 2012.

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The permits cover nearly $52.2 million in new commercial buildings driven largely by major student apartment complexes but also including a new hotel and industrial facilities. Total commercial construction activity — running the gamut from a multi-million dollar HEB renovation to everyday electrical, plumbing and signage permits — totaled nearly $62.6 million.

The largest commercial projects included the last wave of permits issued for The Retreat at San Marcos ($15.6 million); Peachtree Lofts on Chestnut Street ($4 million); Candlewood Suites hotel on Wonder World Drive ($4 million); an education building at the Seventh Day Adventist Church ($2 million); a new manufacturing building at Primeform Building Systems ($1.7 million) and a distribution warehouse on Clovis Barker Drive ($800,000).

Meanwhile, the city issued permits to build 116 new single-family homes with a combined value of about $13.6 million.

The busiest homebuilder was DR Horton, which pulled permits to build dozens of new homes in the Franklin Square and Cottonwood Creek neighborhoods. The remainder of single-family construction was concentrated at Brookfield Residential’s Blanco Vista subdivision and Bigelow Home’s Blanco River Village.

San Marcos construction permits | Jan to June 2012

January 2012 | $10,592,052

New Commercial (20 permits) = $7,718,299
Commercial Total (62) = $9,063,336
New Residential (11) = $1,498,950
Residential Total (28) = $1,528,716

February 2012 | $20,021,750

New Commercial (6) = $16,026,251
Commercial Total (60) = $17,540,674
New Residential (18) = $2,346,965
Residential Total (44) = $2,481,076

 March 2012 | $25,450,758

New Commercial (19) = $19,002,591
Commercial Total (75) = $20,626,467
 New Residential (33) = $4,596,640
Residential Total (73) = $4,824,291

 April 2012 | $11,171,042

New Commercial (7) = $6,813,017
Commercial Total (68) = $9,841,340
New Residential (8) = $1,045,175
Residential Total (39) = $1,329,702

 May 2012 | $3,652,483

New Commercial (3) = $121,950
Commercial Total (75) = $1,994,480
New Residential (9) = $1,241,430
Residential Total (128) = $1,658,003

June 2012 | $6,577,605

New Commercial (2) = $2,500,000
Commercial Total (75) = $3,528,790
New Residential (20) = $2,866,659
Residential Total (59) = $3,048,815

Total Jan. to June 2012 | $77,464,690

New Commercial (37) = $52,182,108
Commercial Total (415) = $62,594,087
New Residential (116) = $13,595,819
Residential Total (Z) = $14,870,603
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