Nelson home construction down, renovations up in 2013

City of Nelson had nine fewer new home slated for construction in the municipality in 2013 compared to the previous year.

The City of Nelson issued development permits for the construction of 29 new homes in 2013 — 28 single-family and one multi-unit dwelling.

City of Nelson had nine fewer new homes slated for construction within the municipality in 2013 compared to the previous year.

The city issued development permits for 29 new homes in 2013 — 28 single family and one multi-unit dwelling. The previous year there were 38 permits issued — 18 for single units and 20 for multiplexes.

However, more property owners were doing home improvements in 2013. The city issued 113 permits for additions, renovating and demolitions this past year, compared to 92 in 2012.

The combined estimated value of all the permits issued — for both new construction and improvements — was about $9.7 million in 2013. In 2012 the total was $9.8 million.

Nelson development manager David Wahn expects 2014 to be a big year for local development. Many major projects are expected to move ahead, including Nelson Commons, Nelson Landing and Granite Pointe Village.

He expects the construction value for permits issued this year and built in 2014/15 could total $40 million.

“If all the projects that are anticipated come forward, it could be a lively next two years,” Wahn said.

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