Building permits up in October, down in cold, snowy November



ELLSWORTH — Building around the city was up in October but slowed considerably in November compared to last year.

Weather hampered construction: temperatures dipped below average, while snowfall and high winds swept through the state.

City staff issued 11 building permits, mainly for small alterations and accessory structures. Last year, a mild November resulted in a bump in building, with 24 permits issued.

The biggest project permitted this November was a garage for Andrew Leeman on the Bangor Road estimated to cost around $75,000.

In October, city staff issued 21 building permits, a busy month compared to the same month last year, when 14 permits were issued.

Permits were issued for two 12-story apartment buildings on Ruger Way being developed by Jonathan Bates. Ruger Way is a new street off of Washington Street, where Bates is constructing Washington LUXE, a 24-unit luxury development.

Construction of the two buildings on Ruger Way is estimated to cost $1.5 million.

Permits also were issued in October to Natasha Sidhu for a new yoga studio and cafe on Church Street. Sidhu and her husband, Stephen Curtin, plan to open the Steamy Buddha Cafe and Yoga Studio this spring.

Several new homes also were slated for construction. Permits were issued to Sean Tuite for a new, 2,000-square-foot home on Landing Way estimated to cost around $300,000. Residential permits also were issued to Scott Oxley, for a new home on Scotts Neck Way, and to Clark Harris, for a new home on the Bayside Road.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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