By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It’s not the boom years of the mid-2000s, but construction activity in the county appears to be better than the past two or three, especially commercial construction.
In Preston, O’Reilly Auto Parts is building a new retail store on South State and its value has been placed at $660,000, according to John Burg, building inspector for Preston City and Franklin County.
He also said Stokes Market is adding onto their grocery store to accommodate a new True Value Hardware franchise. That construction is estimated to cost $500,000, he said.
“We also have a remodel of portions of the Franklin County Medical Center, valued at $2 million; a new Franklin County High School, $650,000; and a new grain mill at Valley Wide Co-op, value undetermined,” he said.
“This is probably more commercial construction in Preston than we’ve had in a number of years,” he said.
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