Aurora -- Single-family housing starts and the value of commercial building projects rose for the second straight year in 2013, while the value of industrial building projects fell, according to figures released recently by the city's planning-zoning-building department.

Permits for 59 single-family homes were issued last year, with those homes valued at $19 million. The total value of all residential building projects was $22.76 million. In 2012, single-family home permits numbered 38, with a value of $14.68 million and in 2011, 22 permits were issued with a value of $7.22 million.

Permits issued for other residential categories in 2013 were as follows: condominiums, four; alterations, 66; additions, 14; decks, 30; utility buildings, 18; garages, four; inground pools, five, above-ground pools, six; and other, eight. Total residential permits were 214.

Twenty-one commercial building permits for projects valued at $6.53 million were given out in 2013, compared to 16 permits worth $3.23 million in 2012. Four permits worth $552,039 were issued for industrial projects, compared to 10 permits worth $5.2 million in 2012.

"Aurora continues to focus on development opportunities in the residential, commercial and industrial arenas, and we are pleased with the positive trends from 2012 to 2013," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.

"The industrial growth in 2012 is attributable to three significant corporate projects, which did not repeat in 2013. However, through our economic development activities and our economic development director, we continue to explore options for the industrial park.

"In addition, I've had recent meetings with multiple developers who are considering new opportunities in Aurora, so while we cannot predict what will materialize, there is considerable interest in our community."

The two biggest commercial projects were interior alterations at the Atrium at Anna Maria (former Geauga Lake Hotel) valued at $5 million and interior alterations at the older part of Anna Maria (across Route 43 from the other project) valued at $1 million.

OTHER commercial projects worth more than $30,000 were Drayer Physical Therapy in Barrington Town Square, $179,000; Smargiasso Optometry, $47,000; Coach store at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets, $45,000; Barrington Golf Club, $40,000; and Latest Scoop at Barrington Town Square, $36,000.

The four industrial projects were a new building at Freedom Storage on South Chillicothe Road ($227,000), an addition at Macromeric on Danner Drive ($175,000), interior alterations at Eaton Corp. ($125,000) and interior alterations at PartsSource ($25,000).

Meanwhile, the city issued 533 licenses in 2013, including 376 for general work, 71 for electrical, 51 for heating-air conditioning and 35 for plumbing.

Planning-zoning-building department revenue totaled $660,022, including $161,683 for building permits, $53,300 for licenses, $50,710 in impact fees; $2,052 from state fees, $8,578 for miscellaneous, $68,700 from completion deposits and $315,000 from topography deposits.

City inspectors checked out 3,305 residential and 671 commercial-industrial locations for a total of 3,976.

"For 2014 in particular, we expect new residential building at the Villas at Bertram and in Hawthorne," noted the mayor. "On the commercial side we have renovations occurring at Anna Maria and new construction at the Avenues, among other projects.

" Further, we're working on rezoning the Geauga Lake area to mixed-use from industrial, which will provide additional creative and unique growth opportunities for the city. I am committed to cultivating options to maintain a strong commercial and industrial base with the revenue benefits that follow."


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