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February construction: not one permit issued for a new building in Park City

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

Park City’s year-to-date construction numbers ended February outpacing the figures in 2011, even as City Hall did not issue a single permit for a new building last month.

The Park City Building Department indicated it had issued permits valued at just under $3.6 million combined through February. The number was a little more than $2.2 million through the same period in 2011.

The department said there were no permits issued in February in categories like houses, duplexes, multifamily projects and commercial buildings. It is rare that the Building Department goes a month without issuing a permit for a new building of any type.

Alterations and additions accounted for virtually all of the approximately $1.2 million in value of the permits issued in February. Twenty-one permits were issued in the category, mostly to dwellings.

Alterations and additions were generally not a driving factor in the overall building numbers prior to the recession, but they have been important to the tally since.

The Building Department in February, meanwhile, issued 27 permits for signs, adding $26,300 to the monthly dollar figure.

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The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was mixed when compared to January and the previous February.

The Building Department in February averaged 100 inspections each day, down slightly from the 109 daily inspections in January and down sharply from the nearly 131 each day in the previous February.

It is not clear what sort of numbers Park City’s construction industry could post in 2012. It seems unlikely, though, that the numbers will approach the record-setting years prior to the recession.

There are few major developments that have made significant advances toward groundbreakings and the issuance of building permits this year. The recession struck at a time when it was anticipated there would be a development slowdown of some extent inside Park City as the number of significant projects under consideration dwindled.