Sunnyside building starts top $3.7 million for third quarter of 2006

A veritable building boom in Sunnyside this past July and August slowed in September, as building starts for the city had a total valuation of $3,704,258 for the third quarter of 2006.

Nearly half of the valuation for the new construction was for single-family housing.

That included a project in September valued at $145,583 for a new home at 1235 South 14th St. The bulk of the new home valuation over the third quarter was for five homes valued at $880,851 in Aho Construction's Harvest Village development.

The highest valued single project permitted during the third quarter was construction to remodel an existing building at 122 North 16th St. into a bakery/cafe called Divine Bakery and Cafe. A permit for the project, valued at $393,600, was issued on July 19.

On Aug. 15, the city issued a permit for reviewing a construction project valued at $363,055 for a rental store and fuel station at 1829 South First Street. The project will measure 5,500 square feet at completion.

The rental store/fuel station and bakery/cafe commercial projects generated more than $10,000 in fees for the city of Sunnyside.

Also during July and August, the city issued 10 permits to address code enforcement violations. The combined value of the repairs totaled $7,200.

One of the code enforcement violations involved repairing a porch and relocating a garage at 402 West Maple.

The other nine building violations required repairs to front and back door landings at Eakin Trailer Court at 2330 Yakima Valley Highway.

The city of Sunnyside collected more than $51,000 in permit fees during the third quarter and made 933 inspections.

Of those inspections, 334 were for homes and another 50 were for businesses or stores.

Another 106 inspections were conducted related to building foundations.

The city's busiest month during the third quarter was the month of August when 474 inspections were conducted and the city received nearly $32,000 in fees for construction with a total valuation of $1.9 million.

Later this month, the city will release data on building starts for the month of October.


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