A total of 81 permits valued at $9 million were filed in the first three months of this year in Hiram and unincorporated Paulding, building permit totals showed. A total of 39 valued at $4.37 million in the first quarter of 2012, and 38 valued at $4.1 million in 2011’s first quarter, were recorded.
Average value of construction was $111,176 this year, a slight decrease from $112,059 in 2012.
However, County Engineer Bruce Coyle said new construction continued to be concentrated in the northeast part of the county, including areas along Cedarcrest and Harmony Grove Church roads.
“It’s nothing compared to what it was,” he said, noting more than 3,000 single-family permits were filed annually in the years 2004 to 2006.
Michael Cash, community development director for the city of Dallas, said the city had three single-family permits valued at $320,000 in the first quarter of this year. All were on Rockefeller Lane in the Seaboard Station subdivision.
He noted permits had begun to pick up in the second quarter, with seven in April — all in the Cole Creek subdivision near Jimmy Campbell Parkway and Buchanan Highway.
Coyle speculated permits could be increasing because the supply of foreclosed homes could be nearing its end — leaving only properties in bad physical condition or with legal entanglements.
Cash said he understood a shortage existed in the “step up” market — the next price range above starter homes — which could lead to permits increasing even more in the second quarter, he said