Eagle sees small increase in building permits for 2015
EAGLE — Eagle has issued 13 building permits for new residential and commercial structures so far in 2015.
That’s a far cry from the frantic building pace the town saw prior to the Great Recession, but it does represent an uptick in building activity in the community.
To date, Eagle has issued eight new single family home permits for a total new valuation of $3.2 million. Additionally the town has issued one multi-family unit for a fourplex and one commercial building permit. The total new valuation associated with the multi-family unit is $835,536 and the commercial building valuation is $950,000.
“We are probably a bit better off than we were last year,” said Eagle Town Planner Tom Boni, “but it is still difficult for people to get something out of the ground.”
Boni noted there are various commercial and residential projects approved in Eagle that have not proceeded to building permit stage because owners are wrestling with financing. Additionally, he noted that the largest commercial project under construction in town, the Castle Peak Senior Care Center, actually pulled its building permit in late 2014.
Spotted from I-70
The single commercial project permitted so far this year is sprouting up in a highly visible location. The Alan-Bradley Windows and Doors building is located at 801 Chambers Ave. and is easily spotted on the south side of Interstate 70 east of the Eagle interchange.
Owner Brad Wright, who has been in the window and door distribution business in Eagle County for 16 years, said the 14,000-square-foot building will primarily house a showroom and warehouse for his business. About 3,000 square feet in the new structure will be rental space.
“Believe it or not this is the first window and door showroom in Eagle County,” Wright said.
The building is scheduled for completion by October.
Facing traffic woes and oncoming growth, officials are looking at road improvements.