By CITIZEN STAFF
It’s not the boom years of the mid 2000s, but construction activity in the county appears to be on a definite upswing.
County/ Preston City Building Inspector John Burg said “about 20 housing starts” are currently in various stages of construction.
“That’s a good start If it continues, this will be a ‘normal’ year. We’re doing pretty good. Time will tell as to whether it will pick up more.”
All of the building permits are for single family homes, including some remodeling and out buildings.
No new commercial construction is in the works yet, some are expected later. There is also an addition being built at the Oakwood/ Pioneer complex. Remodeling is underway at the National Guard Armory, Burg said.
There is also an addition being built on the Preston Junior High School.
Many local contractors, however, are still having to work jobs in other nearby areas that take them away from home much of the time, he said.
“If it was like five to seven years ago, everybody would be happy.”
Burg added Clifton building inspector duties within the last year and said that while there was “a little spurt” in construction there last year, it’s been quiet so far this year.
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