Building Permits Rise in Midlands Towns


Building permits rise in S.C. towns

May 2, 2008

Richland County is suffering from the home-building downturn but you couldn’t tell that by the numbers in its municipalities, according to new U.S. Census data released Thursday.

Builders took out permits to construct 814 fewer homes last year in Richland overall than in 2006.

But in the city of Columbia, builders sought permits for 33 more homes than last year. Numbers also were up in Northeast hotbed of Blythewood.

Here’s a breakdown of new-home permits in issued last year and their change from 2006:

Richland County: 1,702/-32%
City of Columbia: 700/5%
Blythewood: 51/34%
Forest Acres: 10/no change

Lexington County: 2,103/-6%
Town of Lexington: 148/-20%
Cayce: 54/-28%
West Columbia: 31/-3%
Batesburg-Leesville: 23/-52%

Kershaw County: 483/1%
Camden: 27/no change
Elgin: 14/22%


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