Aug 1, 2014 11:49 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Big-ticket commercial building projects, more home remodeling and an increase in homebuilding activity lifted the value of building permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish by 52 percent for the first half of the year over 2013.
The Advocate reports the value of building permits issued by the city-parish Department of Public Works Inspection Division through the end of June was $453 million, compared with $298 million in permits issued during the same period in 2013.
The total number of permits increased by 5.5 percent from 10,793 to 11,390.
The number of single-family home permits increased by 29.5 percent from 349 in 2013 to 452. The value of single-family homes was also up by 29.5 percent, going from nearly $88 million in the first half of 2013 to $113.9 million this year.
The number of residential additions and remodeling permits was up 15.8 percent from 505 in 2013 to 585. The value was up 17.2 percent, from nearly $16.8 million in 2013 to $19.6 million this year.
The value of commercial work was up almost 65 percent from $189.3 million in 2013 to nearly $311.8 million. The number of permits was down from 379 to 327.