Midlands Construction Permits Outpacing 2011


Permits to build new homes in the Midlands continued at a strong pace in June, according to preliminary statistics compiled by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia.

Earle McLeod, executive director of the association, said the statistics are not complete. But based upon preliminary numbers, the pace of new permits issued in June almost reached May levels, which were the highest yet in 2012.

So far, 270 permits have been counted for June, compared with 275 permits in May. In June 2011, there were 251 permits issued, putting this year’s preliminary figure well ahead. The lowest recent figure for June was in 2010, when just 217 permits were issued. The recent peak for June was in 2009, when 436 permits were issued.

So far this year, 1,513 permits have been issued in the region comprising Kershaw, Lexington and Richland counties and the towns in those counties.


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