Building permits for March doubles fiscal year total

Cameo demolition, new church pavilion spur amounts

Building permits for the City of Rockdale totaled $119,200 for the month of March, more than doubling the totals that had occurred thus far in the fiscal year. Until this month, the total was just $100,056, according to numbers released Monday by city hall. Permits issued in February totaled just $28,456.

The large total, the largest monthly amount thus far in this fiscal year were spurred by at $60,000 permit issued to K&W Remodel for Gloria Thrasher to demolish the trouble-laden Cameo Insurance Building in downtown and a $31,000 permit issued to Fence Builders of Texas for construction of a new pavilion at Murray Street Church of Christ.

The Cameo building, at 113 E. Cameron was damaged in the collapse of a 125-yearold fire wall in Aug. 2012. City officials, building owner Gloria Thrasher and lawyers from both sides have gone through several meetings, hearings, ordinances and appeals in the last 20 months.

Several thousands of dollars were assessed on Thrasher for not meeting deadlines set by the city for attempts to secure the building.

The permit to demolish the building, which will leave a large hole in the downtown facade of US 79 in Rockdale, was issued on March 11 by city hall officials.

The new pavilion at Murray Street Church of Christ, 1301 Murray, is set to be 60 by 60 feet and is located behind the church building.

Other permits for the month included: Fence Builders of Texas for Tommie Pounders, 119 & 121 N. Travis, demolish; Jacob Russell Leslie for Kristen Roberts, 414 N. Main, siding and windows; Bland Construction for Craig Moore, 1701 O’Kelley, wood fence; Signs West for Hunter Chase Apartments, 1501 E. Belton, sign.

Zack Gallop, 1304 Highland, roof; Arthur Nieto, 816 Hickory, roof; Edwin Barcak, 1603 Alcoa, close in garage, add carport; Randy Patranella for Rockdale Meat Market, 725 TaylorBanc Plaza, removing and replacing walls; Mary Riveria, 708 Riley, demolish; Mark Pyle, 1501 Yokley, fence.

Total for the fiscal year is now at $219,256.

Permits are issued at City Hall and reflect only construction in the city limits.

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