The number of single-family home permits issued last year in Washington continues to climb — a sign that the community is bouncing back from an eight-year lull in residential construction. 

Washington Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci said Thursday there were 59 single-family homes (including single-family attached and two-family buildings) built, or under construction, in Washington in 2018. 

“That brings us back to residential development numbers we haven’t seen since the early 2000s,” he said. 

Maniaci presented those figures to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce members during the annual business breakfast.

He explained that the 2018 permits, coupled with a strong year in 2017 when 40 single-family homes were built, shows upward trends in the housing market locally.

“To put this in perspective, Washington only saw about 120 homes built from 2008, after the recession, to 2016,” Maniaci stated. “And in just the past two years we have seen 100 new homes constructed, meaning we are on pace to surpass in three years what was built in the previous eight years.”

The overall estimated construction costs for permits issued in 2018 was up 6 percent over last year. 

“Another sign of a strong 2018 is our local building permits,” he commented. “We saw significant increases in investment in 2018 spanning from our Downtown — which, by the way, is seeing some of the lowest vacancy rates in 30 years — to increased commercial and residential permits.”

According to information provided by the Washington Building Department, there were 1,404 permits issued in 2018. The fees amounts collected for the permits was $283,878.85.

Of the 59 single-family home permits issued in 2018, there were 40 single-family home permits with a valuation of $7,850,156. There also were 18 single-family attached buildings with an estimated construction cost of $6,589,000, as well as one two-family building with an estimated construction cost of $415,817.

Also in 2018 there was one permit issued for a multifamily building with a valuation of $325,000.

Following the single-family and single-family attached valuation, the next two categories of permits with the highest estimated construction costs were commercial buildings, seven, $5,314,835, and commercial alteration, 50, $4,941,592.

Two more categories topped $2 million in estimated construction costs, industrial additions, three, $2,386,504; and grading, nine, $2,386,504.

Listed below is a breakdown of the other types of projects, number of permits issued and estimated construction costs for those projects:

Accessory buildings, six, $336,600;

Antennas, four, $315,000;

Boundary adjustments, nine;

Carnivals, one $5,000;

Commercial additions, three, $852,500;

Decks, 30, $339,455;

Demolitions, eight, $75,000;

Electrical services, 67, $418,655;

Electric services, temporary, eight, $1,300;

Fire sprinkler systems, eight, $77,332;

Fireworks, five, $21,000;

Flood plain developments, four, $35,000;

Garages, one, $5,000;

Historic design reviews, 26;

Industrial alterations, seven, $612,000;

Mobile home setups, five, $44,500;

Commercial occupancies, 55, $2,050;

Multifamily occupancies, 249, $4,245;

Single-family occupancies, 461, $12,630;

Two-family occupancies, 98, $2,315;

Preliminary plats, 11, $1,273;

Residential additions, 11, $262,900;

Residential alterations, 31, $759,431;

Rezonings, 12, $1,800;

Signs, 59, $435,817;

Special uses, 13;

Street excavations, 31, $52,037.86;

Subdivision developments, four;

Swimming pools, 10, $298,819;

Sewer lateral/repairs, 17, $40,062;

Voluntary annexations, four;

Variances, six;

Retaining walls, eight, $322,890;

Alterations, one, $3,000; and

Rough electricals, two.