The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 04, 2018 3:00 pm

Area construction celebrates milestone


The Fort Wayne area construction industry celebrated a milestone this morning – a record $1 billion in building permits issued in 2017 through the Allen County Building Department.

At a news conference Thursday at Citizens Square, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters unveiled two numbers he said were key indicators of the region's economic well-being – $1.032 billion split among 26,185 permits for residential and commercial building construction, remodeling and repair.

He was joined by about a dozen representatives of the construction industry, including architects, contractors, commercial and residential developers and builders and county economic development officials.

The dollar value of the permits topped the previous record year, 2015, by about $100 million. Commercial building accounted for $632.9 million, or just over 60 percent. The residential side amounted to  $399.1 million, just under 40 percent.

The top three commercial projects were for the Parkview Cancer Center, the Fort Wayne Community Schools remodeling projects taken collectively and the Walmart milk processing plant along Pleasant Center Road, Peters said. 

Several permits for homes exceeding $1 million and, in one case, more than $20 million, were issued in 2017, said John Caywood, Allen County building commissioner.

For more on this story, see Friday's print edition of The Journal Gazette, or return to after 1 a.m. Friday.

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