GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Residential building activity in unincorporated Garfield County appears to be picking up, with more than 40 permits issued since May alone, including several for new single-family homes on the eastern end of the county.
“We are seeing more permits for residential structures, pure and simple,” said Andy Schwaller, chief building official for the Garfield County Community Development Department.
“It’s across the board, from custom homes at Aspen Glen to new homes in Satank, which is a totally different clientele,” Schwaller said. “Maybe the money is loosening up, and people are finally getting busy. But we’re seeing a bunch of contractors we haven’t seen for several years.”
According to Garfield County building permit reports, three permits for new single-family homes and one for a residential duplex structure were pulled in May.
That was followed by four new single-family home permits in June and eight in July, according to permit reports for the three-month period. Monthly permit reports are posted on the Garfield County government website: garfield-county.com/community-development/building-septic-permit-list.aspx.
Permit valuations for the new homes during that period ranged from $220,000 for a new home in the Ranch at Roaring Fork near Carbondale to $700,000 for a new house up Canyon Creek west of Glenwood Springs.
Year to date through July, the county has issued a total of 71 residential permits, valued at nearly $8 million.
Overall, Garfield County has issued 193 permits to date through July, including 26 commercial building permits valued at more than $7.1 million.
Total permit valuations to date have come in at more than $16.4 million. Although the county issued more building permits for the same seven-month period last year, at 229, valuations for that period were somewhat less, at $9.3 million, according to county permit records.
Commercial valuations were boosted this year by a new $5.4 million building at Grand River Hospital south of Rifle. Routine commercial building activity has also included several new structures related to the oil and gas industry.
Glenwood Springs activity
Meanwhile, new building within the city of Glenwood Springs has leveled off some through the first half of 2013, compared to an active 2012 when the city saw a significant increase in building.
Through June, the Glenwood Springs Building Department had issued a total of 141 permits, accounting for roughly $6.7 million in total permit valuations.
For all of 2012, the city issued 338 building permits worth $39.5 million.
Residential building activity last year was fueled by the new $9.2 million Glenwood Green apartment complex at Glenwood Meadows, which is now nearing completion and is expected to have its first occupants later this month.
The city also saw permits pulled for several new auto dealerships in 2012 and continuing this year with the new Honda dealership in West Glenwood.
And, a variety of public works projects, including the new city parking garage and the new Glenwood Springs Library/Colorado Mountain College building on Cooper Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets, and the new Roaring Fork Transportation Authority park-and-ride facility at 27th Street.