HOBART | Construction in Hobart during the first six months of this year has well surpassed figures from the same period last year, officials said.
"We're up considerably in commercial construction and also up in residential construction from this same time last year," building official Mike Hannigan said.
Hannigan expects this year to be a banner construction year.
"We've done very well during the first six months," Hannigan said.
The city has issued eight permits for housing and duplex starts so far this year.
That compares to a total of 11 in 2012.
"We had eight residential permits issued through May, so we should be ahead of last year ... how much I'm not sure," Hannigan said.
Total construction costs last year were $30.6 million.
This year, the city reached a total of $24.5 million by the end of June.
Some of the bigger construction projects during the first six months of this year included about $2 million spent to move the J.C. Penney Home Furnishing store from the north side of U.S. 30, Hannigan said.
The total cost of construction in February was $5.6 million, which included the TradeWinds Services renovations at 3198 E. 83rd Place.
TradeWinds, which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities, is remodeling a 55,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by AmeriClean.
The cost of remodeling the AmericClean site was about $3 million, Hannigan said.
Gander Mountain, just south of Westfield Southlake mall, spent about $1 million to remodel its store, Hannigan said. The store is now geared to selling guns.
April saw $10 million in construction costs, including a new Hanson Logistics cold storage plant in the Northwind Crossings Business Park. That project is estimated to cost $7 million.
Hannigan credits the city's good location, off Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, as a factor.
He also counts the aggressive stance taken by city officials for attracting new developers.
"Hobart if very fortunate because we are aggressive and have a very aggressive economic development director, Denaire Kane," Hannigan said.