Cabarrus construction on the rise

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:24 am

CONCORD, N.C. – A new Carolina Ale House at Concord Mills and the Waterstone at Weddington apartments topped the list of more than $40.4 million worth Cabarrus County building permits issued in January.

The monthly report comes from the Cabarrus County Construction Standards office.

January permit values have increased each year since 2009. This is the strongest January since 2008.

“Building is back in a big way,” said John Cox, president and CEO of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and Cabarrus Economic Development Corp. “It’s welcome news for Cabarrus County.”

Carolina Multi-family Construction took out five building permits for the Waterstone project on Weddington Road. The total value of the permits is more than $9.83 million.

Atlanta-based Davis Development is heading up the project on Weddington Road between Pitts School Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard. Grading is under way.

The new complex will have 253 units with a clubhouse and a pool. Davis Development currently manages more than 10,000 units with other projects also planned for Mooresville, Raleigh and Charleston, S.C.

Carolina Ale House is being built on the corner of Concord Mills Boulevard and Derita Road. It is in front of Academy Sports and Outdoors, which is set to open March 8.

The ale house is the third business at the corner. PDQ, a chicken tenders restaurant, is already open in the development.

Raleigh-based LM Restaurants owns Carolina Ale House and operates 11 other ale houses in North Carolina along with others in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The nearest location is on College Street in uptown Charlotte.

The Carolina Ale House website boasts a variety of food specials and 72 different beers on tap.

The building permit places the value of the construction at more than $1.7 million. Workers were erecting the steel frame for the restaurant Friday.

Cox said Cabarrus County and City of Concord are doing a good job working to streamline building processes that also make the area even more attractive.

The other building permit of more than $1.7 million in January was for the renovation and expansion of the Northwest Cabarrus High School gym. Design and preliminary work are under way.

The heavier construction phase is planned for the spring after basketball season is over. School officials want the project completed before basketball practice begins in the fall.

Single-family home permits were also strong in January with 90 issued for a total value of nearly $11.8 million.

There were 42 permits issued in Concord, 20 in Harrisburg, 12 in Kannapolis, four in Midland, nine in unincorporated areas of Cabarrus County and three other projects in other jurisdictions.

Cox said he read a recent report that showed 4,000 lost construction jobs across North Carolina, but in the Charlotte region, which includes Cabarrus County, construction jobs are actually increasing now.

“All the signs seem to be pointing the right direction,” Cox said.

Here are January permit totals for previous years: 2012, 51 single-family units for $6.6 million, total of 153 for $29.3 million; 2011, 36-single family for $5.1 million, total 113 for $16.9 million; 2010, 43 single-family for $6.0 million, total 74 for $10.7 million; 2009, 26 single-family for $4.0 million, total 115 for $23.5 million; and 2008, 107 single-family for $18.0 million, total 240 for $84.7 million.

Contact Mark Plemmons at 704-789-9140.