Summer building permit numbers fall



ELLSWORTH — City officials issued 22 building permits in July, the same number as June, although builders this past month enjoyed considerably better weather.

The numbers were down slightly compared to July 2018, when 24 permits were issued. The combined number of permits issued over June and July (often the busiest months for building) has fallen for the second year in a row.

In 2017, officials issued a combined 63 permits over that period; last year they approved 51 in those two months and this year a total of 44.

A number of single-family homes are on the list for construction projects, including a 2,618-square-foot single-family home with a porch, garage and deck for Anthony Belch on Windsor Way at an estimated cost of $340,000.

On Patten Way, Anthony Stratton is building a single-family home with a garage and deck. The project is estimated to cost $433,000 and be 3,460 square feet overall.

Over on Windfall Way, David Hardy is building a 974-square-foot single-family home at an estimated cost of $50,000. Maury Thayer of Green Lake Camping is also putting up a single-family home with a deck, a $200,000 project.

Several sheds, decks and additions are also on the list, and Mary Jordan Carter plans to add a “Florida room,” or sunroom, to a home on Sugar Way.

On the Bucksport Road, Diane Paine was issued a permit to install three shipping containers at a cost of $16,000, for a total of a little more than 1,000 square feet.

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