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Church construction leads new building starts

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Members of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church congregation tour the foundation of the new building yesterday, Sunday. The $4.6 million church project is the largest so far this year in the city of Sunnyside.

A new $4.6 million building for the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church is the big story for new building starts here during the month of July.

The largest single construction project so far this year, the church building project at 700 N. 16th Street will eventually replace the congregation's current structure at 555 Franklin Court.

Sunnyside city coffers netted $26,121 in permit fees for the church construction, which on the permit lists Mountain States Construction as contractor.

The Sunnyside church accounted for all but about $360,000 in valuation for new construction issued permits last month.

There were other sizeable projects, though, including two new home starts.

The largest of the two new houses greenlighted last month was a three-bedroom, two-bath home at 1316 Asparagus Lane in Aho Construction's Harvest Village development in Sunnyside. The 1,708 square-foot home is valued at $177,006 and generated $1,667 in permit fees.

The other new home is at 1119 Tacoma Ave., a 1,564 square-foot house valued at $100,000. Applicant for the project is Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity. Sunnyside's coffers garnered $1,644 in permit fees for the project.

In commercial-related permits issued last month, Sunnyside city officials gave the ok for Commercial Tire to erect three wall signs and a pole sign for their new location at 301 S. Sixth St., the former Denchel dealership building.

The signs have a combined total valuation of $20,000.

In other commercial construction, an office building at 1101 Tacoma Ave. was re-roofed in a project valued at $7,520.

For the month of July, more than $31,000 was paid to the city of Sunnyside in permit and plan review fees.

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