City’s building permits show continued growth

By Patrick Fisher

A total of 375 building permits, at a value of approximately $32 million, were issued for the City of New Prague during 2004.

While the total number of permits was actually down from the previous year, their numbers indicate a steady growth in the community.

The total includes permits for single family homes, owner-occupied townhomes, commercial, industrial, public places and miscellaneous items for decks, re-roofing, re-siding, garages, additions and alterations. Large projects from last year included Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Parkview Medical Clinic and Extreme Investors, the company building a new restaurant on the east side of New Prague.

The permit total was down from the record 477 issued in 2003. The main reason for the decrease was the number of permits for multi-family/townhomes, which skyrocketed to 192 in 2003, saw only 29 such permits issued in 2004.

Dan O’Neill of Geiger Properties said that DR Horton requested the majority of those permits for townhomes, which are being built in Prague Estates. While the permits were requested late in 2003 the actual building of them is spread out over 2004 and into 2005.

Ken Ondich, planner with the City of New Prague, said the permits for townhomes in 2003 was also likely due to land available and what was zoned in the housing development. Permits for 2004 went back to what is considered typical.

City planner Renee Christianson said there was also an increase in the average value of townhomes between 2003 and 2004. In 2003, the average value was $96,285 and in 2004 it was $136,382.

For 2004 the number of permits for single family units remained steady, with 115 issued, the same as in 2003. According to the city the opening of Prague Estates eighth addition and Homefield second addition helped to sustain the permits for single family homes.

In other areas the issuing of permits showed a slight increase from 2003. For commercial/industrial there were 22 permits issued, nine more than 2003, for public permits there were 10 issued, again nine more, and for miscellaneous permits there were 199 issued, an increase of 43.

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