Residential construction appears to be recovering in Commerce after several years of stagnation during the Great Recession.
“We have already this year overtaken what we did last year,” noted David Zellner, the city’s planning director. “We had nine homes last year. Right now, we’re sitting at 11.
Okay, that’s minuscule compared to the housing growth being experienced on the west side of the county — Jefferson issued 60 building permits in the second quarter of 2016 alone and Braselton 55 — but after years of little or no growth, 11 housing starts in 2016 is encouraging on the east side of the county.
Two of the Commerce 2016 permits were for houses in Montgomery Shores Subdivision, Commerce’s most upscale development. Eight are on Belmont Park Drive in one of the city’s newest subdivisions. Four of the permits issued in 2015 were on Terrace Ridge Drive, also in the Belmont Park Subdivision.
Commercial development continues to lag. There was only one building permit for a commercial structure issued in 2016 and none have been issued so far in 2016.