July building numbers show increase in residences, construction costs

By Chris Swick
August 04, 2015

July was a bit of a roller coaster, at least as far as McPherson building numbers went.

McPherson City Building Inspector Bret Reynolds presented last month's figures to the McPherson City Commission during their meeting Monday.

“Residential units, like I said, were up 100 percent,” Reynolds said. “All residential permits were down 24 percent. Commercial permits were down six percent. Construction costs were up 18 percent, so our cost per permit was up 54 percent. So we're doing pretty good.”

Looking further into the permit numbers, residential units were up to 30 from 15 in July 2014, with additions and remodels under commercial permits up 24 percent.

“All permits were down like 23 percent,” Reynolds said. “And that's mainly because the roofing permits were high last year and kind of average this year.”

Reynolds said, year to date, the total construction cost in McPherson is at nearly $25.1 million dollars. That is up from this time in 2014, where the cost was $21.2 million dollars.