Massena village sees big increase in building permits
BY ANDY GARDNER
North Country This Week
MASSENA – Although the price of lumber and other building materials are rising, the village has seen a significant increase in the number of building permits for the first few months of 2021.
Massena Fire Department Foreman Aaron Hardy, the village’s chief code officer, said Wednesday, April 28 that they’ve issued 51 permits so far this year.“The bulk of them have been the usual residential roofing, siding, electrical. We have approved plans for one new home in the village, and one new home in the township so far this year,” Hardy said.
That compares to 19 building permits issued from Jan. 1, 2020 to the end of April that year.
“I’ve been surprised. Even with the price of building materials on the rise, our community is still seeing an increase in home renovations and new projects,” Hardy said. He added that permits picked up as the year went on, with 197 building permits issued for all of 2020.
In 2021, there are also commercial building projects that have received permits to get underway.
“McDonald’s and Taco Bell have had updates, and we continue to work on the new Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Mill project on Water Street,” he said. The Mill project would turn a historical building into a brewpub with upstairs apartments.
The town and village Planning Boards have also issued permits for new businesses this year.
“The village and town planning boards have also been busy so far this year. The Village Planning Board has approved six new businesses and the Town Planning Board has approved four,” he said.
“I'd like to remind everyone that building permits are required in the Village and Town of Massena. If anyone has any questions regarding building permit requirements, opening a new business, code complaints, or fire safety inspections please contact our office at 315-769-6803,” Hardy added.
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