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Chillicothe Issues $4 Million in Permits During 2015
By Catherine Stortz Ripley
February 15, 2016

CAPTION: The city of Chillicothe issued 311 permits during 2015, amounting to just over $4 million in residential and commercial projects. The largest commercial project of the year was Helena Chemical with an office addition and a new warehouse.


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The city of Chillicothe issued 311 permits during 2015, amounting to just over $4 million in residential and commercial projects. There were 240 residential permits issued and 71 for commercial projects. Of these amounts, 83 were issued for building, 66 for roofing, and 35 for flatwork. There were 13 permits issued for demolition and six for new homes. Permits for digging, fencing, signage, pools and grading comprised the balance of the total number of permits issued by the city.

Total new residential construction costs amounted to $1.17 million within the Chillicothe city limits during 2015, according to the city's codes and zoning department. Codes Inspector Chuck Greever stated that there were six residential new constructions for the year, consisting of two duplexes and four single family dwellings. Overall, there were 240 permits issued for a total of $2.62 million in residential projects. This includes the new construction, remodeling, fencing, improvements to electrical and plumbing as well as other projects.

Commercial projects accounted for $1.39 million in permits. The largest commercial project of the year was Helena Chemical, with an office addition and a new warehouse. Other major projects for which permits were issued during the year were for the construction of the Canadian Pacific General Yard garage, remodeling of the Southtown Shopping Center, a new structure at the old Catfish Place for Rafter C Auctions, and a new bus barn for the Chillicothe R-2 School District.

Of the 78 digging permits, 14 were for foundation repairs, 46 were sewer and water line repair/replacements and the remainder were electrical, gas and fiber optic cable.

There were 13 demolition permits granted to private citizens for the razing of houses, garages, sheds, porches and commercial buildings. Last year was a slower construction year compared to 2014, when the city issued 380 permits, amounting to $9.92 million in residential and commercial projects.

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