City officials said building permits are the first step in a move to start a construction project in the city.
“We have several ongoing construction projects or are about to begin,” Joseph Gerardi, City Bureau of Codes administrator.
He said the city averages $250,000 to $300,000 a year in revenue from construction permits.
This is a little less than a third of a mill of real estate tax, according to the city budget.
For any construction project that is estimated to be $10,000 or more, by city code, the applicant must pay a $141 fee, plus $15 for each additional $1,000 Will happen.
Last year, revenue from permits was on the low end – with the COVID-19 pandemic postponing some projects – and this year it was budgeted conservatively at $250,000, Gerardi said.
“We have about seven projects going on,” He said, referring to some bigwigs.
“There is a 34-unit apartment complex being operated by Hutchinson LLC on Campbell Street,” he said. The construction firm indicated that it is a $4 million investment.
Lycoming College continues to plan for its $5.1 million hall on East Fourth Street, set to open in the fall of 2022. It is part of a resurgence in the East Third Street Old City Gateway redevelopment area, Gerardi said.
The Door Fellowship, 470 Pine St., is renovating its internal office space, Gerardi said.
Wendy’s has overhauled its building on Maynard Street.
Gerardi said his foundation for military memorials and installations at Veterans Memorial Park in West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive required permits.
Even privately, many homeowners are applying for building permits, despite the rise in the cost of construction materials such as wood, he said.
He said this was a strange phenomenon considering the spurt in the cost of materials like wood and steel.
“It might just be because it’s summer,” Gerardi said.
Mayor Derek Slaughter also responded enthusiastically to the building trend.
“We are very happy to see the number of projects happening in the city,” he said.
“As I continue to work on a number of current and ongoing projects, my administration remains committed to our local businesses and working families to ensure they come out of the pandemic.”
“Our infrastructure and economic development plans will continue to improve Williamsport and will have a positive impact on our city for many years to come.” Slaughter added.