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CP builds on housing record

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 2:53 am
by Big Dog
CROWN POINT | While most eyes are focused on retail development at the intersection of Interstate 65 and U.S. 231, the city is quietly continuing to break its records for housing growth.

Records show Crown Point issued 42 new single-family home building permits last month, the most permits ever issued here. The homes' estimated total value is $8.5 million. In October 2004, the city issued just 23 single-family permits.

The demand is putting the city on pace to beat last year's numbers and possibly once again top housing starts for all cities and towns in Lake County for the fourth year in a row, said Building and Planning Director Curt Graves.

While the city issued 280 single-family home permits in 2004, 263 permits already have been issued this year as of the end of October. The building season in Crown Point doesn't tend to slow down until December, depending on the weather.

The average cost per house in the city, not including the lot, is about $210,327. The city also has issued building permits for 122 single-family attached units, or 61 buildings.

"We're really busy," Graves said of his office. "There's not a whole lot of time to breathe."