The average value of a new single family home being built in Johnston County is up more than $10,000, while the numbers of new home permits is up sharply.
During the first quarter of 2015, the average value of a new single family home under construction in Johnston County was $175,768. During the first quarter of 2016 the average value of new homes being built was $186,342, an increase of $10,574.
According to the Johnston County Inspections Department, which released permit data on Friday, construction on new single family homes was up 26 percent during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter last year. During the first three months of this year, 309 permits for new houses were issued compared to 245 last year.
Twenty permits for new townhouses were issued during the first quarter, up from 6 last year. Modular home permits were down slightly for the same period from 7 to 6.
Commercial construction permits more than doubled from 13 to 27.
Between January 1st and March 31st, 2016 the inspections department collected $996,496.80 in fees compared to $510,833.00 in fees during the first quarter of last year. A total of 12,471 inspections were made. Of that number, 9810 passed and 2661 failed.