July 23, 2016

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Home building industry continues to recover

MEDINA—The county’s housing market is on the mend, according to data in a report presented this week to Medina County commissioners.

County Building Official Charles Huber presented the final numbers for 2013 to commissioners Tuesday and the report showed his office issued 374 permits for new homes, more than any of the previous four years. In 2012, 302 permits were issued and permits issued never broke 300 in the previous two years.

“That the residential construction industry is rebounding is supported by those numbers,” he said.

Brunswick Hills Township grew the most, with 85 new housing permits issued, followed by Montville Township with 52, York Township with 41 and Hinckley Township with 32.

Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth all have their own building departments Wadsworth grew the most of the three cities, with 49 new residential single-family homes. Brunswick added 39 new residential homes, but a permit for a house on Gold Crest Circle was Medina’s only new one.

Overall, the county reported nearly $112 million in residential new construction — roughly $46 million more than 2012, and the county made more than $700,000 in permit fees — nearly $50,000 more than it made last year.

The county also saw an increase in commercial building.

Huber’s office issued 546 commercial permits compared with 524 in 2012. But the county made less in commercial permitting fees — $294,000 last year as opposed to more than $330,000 in 2012.

Brunswick boasted the most commercial development with more than 170 permits for new construction and improvements, though only two of those were for new buildings. “Last year was a great year for the city of Brunswick Building Department. It was a very busy year,” city Building Official Dan Gladdish said.

The city issued 171 permits for commercial improvements to existing buildings, totaling more than $23 million.

The two new buildings, worth more than $4.7 million, were Brunswick Auto Mart’s Volkswagen dealership—the lion’s share—and the Waite Farms Subdivision swimming pool and pavilion.

Second in commercial development last year was Wadsworth with 38 permits. Medina Township had 29. Sharon Township had 16 and boasted the county’s largest building project last year — the SFS Intec Building Addition and Alteration, 5201 Portside Drive, valued at $5 million.

Medina’s only project was the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on North Court Street.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com