Warm December sees bit of a building boom in Ellsworth


ELLSWORTH — A mild and generally snow-free December saw a flurry of building permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office, with several of them for new residential buildings.

Of the 13 permits issued last month, four of them were for single-family dwellings and a fifth was for a duplex.

Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton said December is typically a slower month for building permits. Indeed, only seven permits were issued in December of 2014 (none of them for new homes) and three permits in December of 2013.

“The weather’s helped us a lot,” said Tilton, in explaining why this December was busier.

Tilton is working on tallying the final numbers for 2015, but said he believes the city saw more building activity overall last year than it did in 2014.

“I think we’re doing a little better,” he said.

Tilton said he thinks that momentum will carry forward into 2016, as he said banks are “freeing up a little more money.” He said interest rates could have an impact, however.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered 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. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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