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Baton Rouge building permits up in first quarter

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Several major commercial building projects and an increase in homebuilding activity lifted the value of building permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish by 16.4 percent for the first quarter over 2013.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/PmBuHL ) the value of building permits issued by the city-parish Department of Public Works Inspection Division through the end of March was $151.1 million. That's compared with $129.8 million in permits issued during the same period in 2013.

The total number of permits increased by 1.8 percent from 5,170 to 5,263.

The number of single-family home permits increased by 24 percent from 158 in 2013 to 196. The value of single-family homes was up by nearly 18 percent, going from just over $43 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $50.6 million this year.

The number of residential additions and remodeling permits was down 5.8 percent from 208 in 2013 to 196. But the value was down almost 25 percent, from nearly $8 million in 2013 to just more than $6 million this year.

The value of commercial work was up nearly 18 percent from almost $77.1 million in 2013 to nearly $90.8 million. The number of permits was down from 182 to 156.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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