AURORA — The total value of residential, commercial and industrial building projects in the city was down in 2019 compared to 2018, but still among the strongest in the past five years.
The final 2019 figures were released recently by the planning-zoning-building department. Overall, building activity was valued at $51.33 million, compared to $60.19 million in 2018, which was the highest amount in the last five years.
The figures were $44.68 million in 2017, $33.67 million in 2016 and $42.94 million in 2015.
Residential building projects were valued at $30.8 million, compared to $38.09 million in 2018, $27.79 million in 2017, $26.03 million in 2016 and $21.85 million in 2015.
"Residential construction was a bit behind 2018, but that number will rise as the Pulte development [on Treat Road], among others, gets under way this year," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.
Industrial projects were valued at $18.22 million, compared to $18.64 million in 2018, $11.69 million in 2017, $6.79 million in 2016 and $14.95 million in 2015.
Commercial projects were valued at $2.3 million, compared to $3.46 million in 2018, $5.2 million in 2017, $843,315 in 2016 and $6.1 million in 2015.
"Further company building and/or expansions are in the works for 2020, so industrial and commercial construction will continue to grow," said the mayor.
Topping the 13 industrial projects was Piping Rock (Lena Drive) improvements worth $8 million.
Others topping $100,000 were: McMaster-Carr (Aurora Industrial Parkway) exterior and interior alterations at $6 million, OEM Miller (Danner Drive) addition at $2 million, R.P. Gatta (Gentry Drive) addition at $1.6 million, Atlantic Water Gardens (Lena Drive) interior alterations and rack system at $350,000 and G.E. Healthcare (Danner Drive) interior alterations at $120,000.
Smaller industrial projects were carried out at Orazen, the city’s Brown-Keidel Service Center, R.P. Gatta, Mytee Products and AIM.
Leading the list of 12 commercial building permits was a $1.2 million addition at Demming Financial, a $520,000 addition at ThornCreek Winery, $175,000 in interior alterations at 173 S. Chillicothe Road (former Pioneer Tavern and Aurora Chamber of Commerce building), a $150,000 Arbor View wing at Anna Maria and $120,000 in interior alterations at Erawan Thai Restaurant.
Smaller commercial projects took place at ThornCreek Winery, the city’s Walker Building, Aurora Memorial Library/Aurora Community Theatre, Overland Contracting, AT&T and Family Martial Arts Academy.
In 2019, new single-family home construction (75 permits issued) was valued at $22.66 million and one condo project was valued at $350,000.
The values of other categories of construction were: Additions, $2.27 million; alterations, $2.67 million; garages, $292,800; decks, $990,587; utility buildings, $312,157; in-ground pools, $155,947; above-ground pools, $20,525; and other, $79,175.
A total of 824 licenses were issued, compared to 886 in 2018. City workers made 6,507 total inspections in 2019, including 5,969 at residences and 538 at commercial-industrial facilities.
Building department revenue in 2019 was $1.43 million, compared to $1.74 million in 2018. The breakdown of revenue was: $298,673 for building permits, $82,400 for licenses, $123,311 for miscellaneous, $70,196 in impact fees, $4,264 in state fees, $94,200 in completion deposits and $760,000 million in topography deposits.
The balance of completion deposits was $94,900 as of Dec. 31, 2019 and the balance of topography deposits was $390,000 million.
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