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  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    Blinn gym boosts building permits
    Building permits issued by the city of Brenham last month were boosted by Blinn College’s new $9.8 million gymnasium.
    The city in April issued 36 permits totaling $11,781,259 for new construction, renovations and additions.

    For the year, 126 permits totaling $24,514,242 have been issued. Through April last year, the city had issued 88 permits totaling $16,078,095.
    Blinn College is building its Kruse Recreational Center at 208 Blinn Boulevard.
    The 36,000-square-foot facility will serve primarily as a student recreation and activities facility, including space for general fitness, dance and yoga, kinesiology classes, student organization meetings, weightlifting and fitness space and multi-purpose rooms for community events and meetings.
    The center will also feature a gymnasium to host Buccaneer volleyball and basketball games as well as high school playoff games.
    Two other local businesses took out permits for sizable projects.
    Dahmann and Associates was issued a permit for a new office building at 310 S. Blue Bell Road. The $813,000 permit was for a 2,780 square-foot building to house the insurance agency.
    Stanpac, which supplies packaging for Blue Bell ice cream products, was issued a permit for a $731,160 expansion project at 801 Mangrum St.
    Homebuilding slowed last month, with only one permit ($90,600) issued for a new home.
    For the year, 28 permits ($2,453,836) have been issued for new homes.
    Other permits issued last month were (the year-to-date totals are in parentheses):
    • Residential renovations — Nine permits, $70,468 (26 permits, $250,125).
    • Residential additions — Seven permits, $101,492 (24 permits, $220,527).
    • New commercial buildings — Two permits, $10,618,000 (five permits, $17,325,000).
    • Commercial additions — Eleven permits, $832,399 (20 permits, $2,455,243).
    One permit was also issued for a building relocation.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press