Building permits drop 32% for April
by Rachel Gray
May 15, 2014 01:37 AM | 2148 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — New residential construction in Cobb took a sharp drop for the first time this year after three months of rising numbers.

Across Cobb and the county’s six cities, there were 84 housing permits issued for April, a 32 percent decrease from the 124 permits granted in March.

In February, 131 single-family housing permits were approved across Cobb, and 91 got the go-ahead in January.

Still, the 84 single-family housing permits listed last month is well above the 68 granted in April 2010 and 27 granted in 2009.

The amount of development in unincorporated Cobb remained steady at 66 permits in April. Unincorporated Cobb reported 65 permits in March and 59 permits in February.

Once again, Marietta was the hot spot for residential developments with nine housing permits reported for April.

Marietta was also at the top of the six cities in March, after two months of Smyrna taking the lead in February and January. For April, Smyrna reported five single-family housing permits.

Rusty Roth, who has been Marietta’s planning and zoning manager for 16 years and lives in east Cobb, said most of the permits approved this year are for housing projects that stalled during the down economy but now have new developers “aggressively moving forward.”

“They are all in really good locations,” Roth said. “They were just primed to be restarted.”

Roth said each city and area of Cobb has something unique to offer. Marietta’s recent spurt in housing developments aligns with an interest by residents wanting to live near Marietta’s historic Square for the “town center” feel.

“I really think it depends on the buyer and what they are looking for,” Roth said.

While the high numbers that started the year seemed to be an indication of a rebound in the housing sector, Roth said he is not concerned about the dip.

“We can’t figure it out, either,” Roth said about the decline of permits in April, adding there is “still a bit of uncertainty in the market.”

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