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Police station permit boosts total

$3.5M license gives 2017 lift


Timberrrr! Trees on new PD lot came down on Friday, another step in march toward construction on downtown lot. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Timberrrr! Trees on new PD lot came down on Friday, another step in march toward construction on downtown lot. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale is going to have a memorable building permit year in 2017 after all.

The $3,512,471 permit for the new Rockdale Police Station was issued during the month just past, rocketing November, 2017, into a memorable position of construction history.

After the October permits, 2017 had dipped slightly behind the 2016 pace for the first time all year but the new police station took care of that statistical situation.

November permits, issued at City Hall, totaled $3,957,509 and pushed the 11-month total over the $5-million mark to $5,164,326.

That makes 2017, with one month to go, already the sixth highest building permit year since statistics were first compiled in 1954.

Rockdale’s all-time high year for building permits was 2008 when permits totaled $30,877,029. That’s the year when permits were issued to construct a new intermediate school, expand and renovate the high school and make improvements to the junior-high and elementary.


Architect’s drawing of new police station, to be built at corner of Green and US 79. Architect’s drawing of new police station, to be built at corner of Green and US 79. Gaeke Construction was awarded the permit for the new police station, whose official access will be 312 East Cameron (US 79).

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 9,800-square foot police station was held Oct. 30.

Rockdale PD will move from its current location three blocks to the west in the 122-year-old former City Hall.

PERMITS—Permits are issued at City Hall and totals reflect only activity within the city limits.

Other November building permits, were:

• Stephanie McBride, residential addition, 630 Rice.

• Ashley McBride, residential moving, 625 Rice.

• Junior Rodriguez, residential fence, 107 Plum.

• Perry & Perry Builders, commercial sign, 814 Bushdale Road.

• Rockdale Memorial Company, residential fence, 413 West Bell.


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