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RAISE THE ROOF: Construction on the rise in Whitley County

February 26, 2014

Construction of the Deacon Joe Zickgraf Community Center is progressing, despite poor weather conditions. The community center is a long-term project of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City, and is expected to be completed this year. The building is just one of many that are being constructed in Whitley County, as new building permits are on the rise locally.

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Association of Home Builders predicts a 25 percent gain in total new homes in 2014, with a 32 percent pickup in single-family constructions.

Whitley County appears to be following the trend, with a new housing addition, possible expansions to current subdivisions, and several new homes — an increase that began in 2013.

Though 2013’s building permit total of 667 is similar to 2012, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s executive director of planning and building, said there is a major difference in the number of new home permits.

In 2013, there were 89 new houses constructed — double the amount from 2012.

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