A new apartment for senior citizens, construction at the site of the Baker Katz shopping center and work to prepare for expansion at H-E-B led a busy month for building permits issued by the City of Brenham.
The city issued a total of 48 permits in August for $15,713,749, compared to $2,686,168 on 21 permits last August.
The largest individual permit last month was issued for $5,861,495 to Hamilton Builders Contracting for Brenham Trails, a new three-story apartment building on South Market Street. According to the website for Brenham Trails, the building will have 49 one- and two-bedroom apartments to lease for seniors 55 and older.
Update @ 7:15 a.m. Friday: According to City of Brenham Development Service Director Stephanie Doland, the apartments are a tax credit project, and the project team anticipates receiving the funding for the project later this month. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.
Also in August, the city issued several permits associated with the Baker Katz shopping center project at the intersection of Highway 290 and Chappell Hill Street. Five permits were issued to Arch-Con Corporation for $3,525,000 for interior buildout of the PetSmart, Marshall’s, Burke’s Outlet, Five Below and Rack Room Shoes stores. Another permit was taken out by Hobby Lobby for $1,912,118 for construction of its own store.
Doland said the Baker Katz project is on-schedule, and the first wave of retailers is expected to open to the public in the early spring.
Two permits for $700,000 last month were issued to H-E-B, including $500,000 to perform civil site work for store expansion and $200,000 to demolish the old Palais Royal building.
Thirteen new homes were permitted in August for $2,842,653. So far this year, 108 new homes have been permitted for $17,475,997.
So far this year, the city has issued 275 permits for $45,557,949. Through August of last year, the city had issued 191 permits for $72,667,669.