The city of Brenham issued $47.7 million in building permits during 2016, up by $14 million from the previous year.
A total of 367 permits were issued last year for new construction, repairs and renovations, totaling $47,752,735.
During 2015, the city issued 330 permits totaling $33,010,128.
Permits were taken out last year for 73 new homes, with construction costs totaling $6,023,765.
During 2015, 57 permits were issued for new homes, valued at $6,453,793.
New commercial construction led all categories last year, with 29 permits ($24,448,558) issued.
During 2015, 53 permits were issued for new commercial construction ($13,733,731).
Other 2016 totals were (the 2015 comparisons are in parentheses):
• Commercial renovations — Sixty permits, $6,560,852 (73 permits, $6,083,721).
• Commercial additions — Forty-six permits, $5,618,427 (27 permits, $5,129,035).
• New multi-family projects — Eight permits, $909,400 (none were issued in 2015).
• Multi-family building renovations — Nine permits, $1,223,344 (none issued in 2015).
Twelve demolition and relocation permits were also issued last year.
Twenty permits were issued during December, totaling $1,772,221. During December 2015, the city issued 29 permits totaling $1,356,550.
The largest permit last month was issued to REM Chemical for a $686,397 renovation project at its facility in the 2100 block of Longwood Drive.
A permit for a new $500,000 commercial building was also issued for the 100 block of North Chappell Hill Street.
Three permits were issued in December for new homes ($164,000), along with three for residential additions ($260,000).
Source: Brenham Banner-Press