Single-family home construction up 19% in Carroll


Construction activity in Carroll is increasing -- the opposite of what is happening in neighboring counties, a Baltimore Metropolitan Council report shows.

The report, which compares construction activity for the first three quarters of 1992 and this year, is another sign that Carroll's market is improving, a county official said yesterday.

"It's an indicator of a business trend," J. Michael Evans, Department of General Services director, told the county commissioners yesterday.

In the first nine months of this year, 930 single-family homes were built in Carroll, as compared with 784 in the same period last year, a 19 percent increase, the BMC report shows.

In Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, the number of single-family homes built this year is less than last year. The decreases range from 4 percent in Anne Arundel to 52 percent in Howard, the report shows.

Baltimore City experienced a 26 percent increase. Ninety-three houses were built in the first three quarters of this year, compared to 74 in the same period last year, the BMC reported.

Overall in the Baltimore region, single-family home building was off 30 percent for the period.

Last week, Mr. Evans released a report showing that the number of residential building permit applications this year in Carroll is higher than it has been for four years.

Real estate agents, developers and bankers said the building market was gaining strength slowly.

Yesterday, Mr. Evans released the numbers of building lots that have been created in Carroll in the last four years.

The county tracks this statistic to help keep public facilities in line with the need for them, he said. If the county can't provide enough space for students in schools, adequate sewer, water lines and roads, more homes cannot be built.

From January 1989 through September of this year in Carroll, 6,258 residential lots have been created. Of these, 4,970, or about 80 percent, have been used, Mr. Evans said.

In the first three quarters of this year, 1,337 residential lots were created and 959 building permits were issued.

In the same period last year, 727 lots were created and 789 building permits were issued.

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