Build­ing in­spec­tor: Res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion boom­ing

♦ Howard Gib­son says ac­tiv­ity is at a level not seen in 6-8 years.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker DWalker@RN-T.com

Con­struc­tion is boom­ing around Rome and Floyd County. Build­ing In­spec­tion Chief Howard Gib­son told mem­bers of the Rome Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices com­mit­tee that his of­fice had is­sued 13 new per­mits for sin­gle-fam­ily homes within the city lim­its in Septem­ber, all in the Wal­ton Creek sub­di­vi­sion.

“Wal­ton Creek was a dead sub­di­vi­sion for 10 years,” Gib­son said. He told the com­mit­tee that when added to the 16 new sin­gle-fam­ily hous­ing starts is­sued to builders in the un­in­cor­po­rated area of Floyd County, Septem­ber was one of the best months for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion starts in years. “It’s prob­a­bly been six or seven, maybe eight years since we had that kind of month,” Gib­son said Wed­nes­day.

Year to date, the in­spec­tion of­fice has is­sued 149 per­mits for new sin­gle-fam­ily hous­ing starts, an in­crease of 13.7 per­cent from the same first nine months of the pre­vi­ous year.

Gib­son said most of the homes seem to be fall­ing into the $150,000 to $175,000 range but he could not say specif­i­cally,

“We’ve got three large out­side con­trac­tors build­ing out in the county,” Gib­son said. “All of our lo­cals are as busy as they can be.”

Gib­son said the Mag­no­lia Walk sub­di­vi­sion off Smith Road is go­ing up quickly and the Emer­ald Acres and Ap­ple­wood sub­di­vi­sions off Old Dal­ton Road are tak­ing off again.

‘I haven’t seen any plans come in for new sub­di­vi­sions yet, but they are def­i­nitely re­ac­ti­vat­ing ones that are there.’

Howard Gib­son Rome Build­ing In­spec­tion chief

“I haven’t seen any plans come in for new sub­di­vi­sions yet, but they are def­i­nitely re­ac­ti­vat­ing ones that are there,” Gib­son.

Gib­son also re­ported that the sec­ond phase of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the old Fairview School in Cave Spring is now un­der­way. The con­trac­tor has com­pleted the sta­bi­liza­tion of the foun­da­tion of the his­toric African-Amer­i­can school build­ing in time to save grant fund­ing for that work that had to be com­pleted by the end of Septem­ber.

“There has been a lot of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween a lot of dif­fer­ent agen­cies on that project,” Gib­son said.

On the com­mer­cial side, Gib­son said de­vel­op­ers of a new strip shop­ping cen­ter on Shorter Av­enue where World Hi-Fi was lo­cated for years still have not re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of oc­cu­pancy and have not re­turned his phone calls for sev­eral weeks.

Build­ing In­spec­tion Chief Howard Gib­son gets a laugh from his com­ment on a lot of out­side con­trac­tors com­ing into Rome and Floyd County for res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion work dur­ing a Rome Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices com­mit­tee meet­ing.

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