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Building upswing: Commercial sector drives building activity | Preston Citizen

Building upswing: Commercial sector drives building activity

June 11, 2014
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

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.

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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.

At least five major commercial projects are driving building activity in Preston. Work at the new True Value Hardware Store progresses, as workers install roof supports on Friday.

At least five major commercial projects are driving building activity in Preston. Work at the new True Value Hardware Store progresses, as workers install roof supports on Friday.

“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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