Pelham housing, commercial markets see surge
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
Pelham is on track to smash its number of new home and commercial building permits from the past few years, and had already exceeded 2011 and 2012 year-end numbers at the end of August.
Through August, the city had issued 83 total new home and commercial building permits, which are required each time a new home or business is constructed, said Pelham Finance Manager Tom Seale.
At the end of 2011, Pelham had issued 66 total new home and commercial building permits, and had issued 81 new building permits at the end of 2012.
So far this year, Pelham has issued 79 new home building permits and four new commercial building permits.
“It’s headed in the right direction,” Seale said. “If we continue at the same pace we’re at now, we should have 118 (new building permits) at the end of the year. That would be about a 40 percent increase.”
Seale said growth in Pelham’s Ballantrae neighborhood has contributed to the higher numbers this year. Several new homes also have been constructed in the Grey Oaks neighborhood off Shelby County 11 after the subdivision sat largely vacant for years.
“A lot of the growth has been in Ballantrae,” Seale said. “They’ve opened up several new phases out there this year.”