by Jonathan Copsey
Editor, Milton Herald
July 30, 2011
MILTON, Ga. - For the months of April through mid-July, builders remained active in Milton, with residential building permits far exceeding commercial.
As one would expect from Milton, which has more residential areas than commercial, home additions and alterations far exceeded changes made to businesses. More than $18 million in improvements were requested for residential, single-family housing jobs, ranging from new screen patios and decks to finishing basements. Additions and alterations to existing homes made up 61 of the 100 residential building permits from April to mid-July. There were 37 permits for new homes, with several to be built in the Crabapple area. Twenty-five homes had new roofs installed. Twenty-nine homes had new pools added, with a total estimated value of just under $1 million. Most of the permits were requested in May and June.
"The cycle typically shows a boost in April and September for construction," said Community Development Director Lynn Tully, "and then there is a lull through the holidays until the end of January or February, depending on the weather."
Commercial properties had 13 alterations in the last four months, such as remodeling a room or removing a wall, with a total value at just over $850,000. There were 36 permits requested for signage, with most of these – 22 – being for temporary signs, such as banners. There were 11 permits issued for new wall-mounted signs.
One business has applied to serve alcohol – I Love NY Pizza, located at the Birmingham Crossroads.
There were 40 new business permits and 42 new home business permits issued during the last four months, including several horse-based businesses and local, organic growers.
Two new medical practitioners were issued permits – Podiatric Medical and Surgical Services and SomaNu Medical Weight Loss.