Apartments push 2013 permits to Rockdale’s third-highest year

$8,872,018 in construction also includes new Allday water tower

City code inspector Lon Williams checks out almost-completed apartment at Hunter’s Chase. 
Reporter/Mike Brown City code inspector Lon Williams checks out almost-completed apartment at Hunter’s Chase. Reporter/Mike Brown It was far from a boom year for Rockdale construction, but a few well-placed mega-projects gave 2013 the third highest building permit total ever for the city.

Permits, issued at City Hall and reflecting only construction within the city limits, totaled $8,872,018 for the year just past.

That’s surpassed only by the $30,877,029 in 2008 (permits for a new intermediate school plus high school renovation and expansion) and $9,220,773 in 2006.

Last year’ s total was $2,104,769.11. The chart at right shows Rockdale’s permit totals since the peak Alcoa boom year of 1954.

The $4.5 million permit issued for the Hunter’s Chase Apartments, a massive senior citizen housing project now nearing completion on East Belton Avenue, in July was obviously the major project of the year, but it was from the only “big hitter” of 2014.

A $2,390,000 permit for a new water tower off Allday Street, issued in August, would have been the largest Rockdale project in all but a handful of years.

Other big permits included: $106,000 for a new Little River Healthcare administration building and $237,125, new warehouse for Rockdale Iron & Metal, both in March.

Also, $250,000 for renovation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, July; and $800,000 for renovation of Miller-Starnes Chevrolet Buick, September.

MONTHLY— Mont h- bymonth totals were listed as follows:

January, $47,306; February, $27,250; March, $519,678; April, $57,350.

May, $27,500; June, $47,747; July, $ 4,831,300; August , $2,414,300.

September, $846,287; October, $3,900; November, $38,100; December, $10,700.

DECEMBER—Projects permit ted for December were: Bland Construction for Billy Bland, 717 Miller, 8x18 carport; Advanced Sign Co. for Farmer’s Ins. Group, 225 N. Main, 3x6 sign.

Butch Malone for Jan Beery, 611 Miller, 18x19 carport; Butch Malone for Rockdale Memorial Co., 334 W. Cameron, 22x26 canopy.

Mi l ler - Starnes Chev rolet Buick, 476 W. Cameron, demolish small building; John Magee, 619 Brandon, 12x16 carport.

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