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Most Building Permits in Groton Are For Renovation

With the overall economic 'recovery 'continuing to be slow in the area, Groton residents appear to be investing in maintaining and improving their existing homes rather than moving. In the first half of 2012, according to Building Department records, it appears that there are permits out for 15 single family homes and one duplex; and more than 10 permits for additions to existing homes. Five permits for single families and the sole duplex are located at Lawrence Academy. In the full calendar year 2011, there were a total of 18 single family house permits, no permits for two-family homes; 27 permits for additions, and 210 for renovations.

Groton residents, however, are looking at major improvements and additions to their homes. Since the first of the year, more than 33 permits were issued for re-roofing, and an estimated 20 to 25 permits for kitchen and bathroom renovations. In addition, numbers of permits have been taken out for interior renovations, garages, decks, window replacement, vinyl siding, sheds, chimney repair, screen porches and swimming pools.

From January through June 2011, there were a total of 143 permits issued by the Building Department with a fee total of $64,054. For January through June 2012, there were 179 permits issues with a fee total of $66,574.

Based on the first six months of 2012 numbers, new housing start construction appears to be close to the same number as it was last year. Academy Hills development in West Groton does have some new starts.

Timing of the new Boynton Meadows Subdivision at 134 Main Street could change these numbers, depending upon construction plans of Mount Laurel Development. According to Mount Laurel's President Bob France, he expects to have two permits in hand by the end of the year. Initially there will be six units under one permit - this one for renovation of the antique house that faces Main Street. Formerly known as Kilbridge's Antiques, this building will house three commercial spaces and three residential units including one affordable unit. In addition, France said that he plans for another building permit for Building B which will add another three residential units.

Groton Herald

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