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Homebuilders were busier in Oswego in 2013 : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Homebuilders were busier in Oswego in 2013
Total number of residential units permitted for construction up 102%

by John Etheredge


The pace of residential construction in Oswego increased again in 2013.

The village issued a total of 232 building permits for new residential units in 2013, an increase of 102 percent over the 115 residential permits issued in 2012, according to Patty Lariviere, director of the village's building and zoning department.

Lariviere attributed a portion of the dramatic increase in residential permits to the 63 permits the village issued for a townhome project at the northeast corner of Orchard and Mill roads.

But even if the townhome permits are not included in the annual total, the village still issued a total of 169 residential building permits, a 47 percent increase over the 115 issued in 2012.

Lariviere said of the total 169 residential building permit issued by the village excluding the townhome project, 131 went for single family homes in 2013, an increase of 17 percent over 2012.

Permits from all categories for 2013 totaled 1,629, a 41 percent increase over the 1,159 issued in 2012, according to Lariviere.

Referring to the building activity, Lariviere said, "I'm really pleased with what we saw over the past year. Even if you extrapolate the Mill and Orchard Road (townhome) project because that's so unique, we're still up at a real nice pace. Hopefully it will continue."

She noted that many of the permits went for homes in the Churchill Club Subdivision located north of Wolf's Crossing Road, east of Douglas Road, and in the Hunt Club Subdivision, located off Minkler Road, about two miles south of Ill. Route 71.

"Between the two of those subdivisions I would guesstimate that they accounted for about 60 percent of our new home permits.

"The Mill and Orchard project is an anomaly and I don't think we will see a repeat of that this year. There is nothing on the horizon of that magnitude, but taking that out of the equation, I think we will pretty much stay on pace. I don't see us falling back too far. There is still a lot of development opportunities in the Hunt Club Subdivision and we see no reason they aren't going to continue at the pace they are at," she said.

Lariviere added that a new homebuilding firm, M&I Homes, has taken over development of "The Oaks" portion of the Churchill Club Subdivision at the northwest corner of Wolf's Crossing Road and Douglas Road.

"They are finishing off that pad (of homes) and I think they will continue at the pace they are at," Lariviere said of M&I Homes, adding, "They have about 70 more homes, potentially (to build). I don't know if they'll do all of those in 2014, but I think they'll keep (building) at a pretty steady pace," she said.

Lariviere said the developers of Hunt Club have told her they believe it will take another two to three years before the subdivision is fully developed.

She confirmed the majority of the homes now being built in the village are smaller than many of the homes that were built prior to the 2008 recession.

"Most of the communities like Hunt Club and Churchill offer numerous different types of floor plans ranging from very large to their smaller ones and I think what they are seeing is small to medium size homes now being constructed," she said.

More permits also issued
for commercial projects

Along with the rise in the residential permits, Lariviere reported the village also issued more permits for accessory structures such as decks over the past year.

She said permits for accessory structures totaled 445 last year, a 14 percent increase over the 391 issued in 2012.

Lariviere added that her department has noticed an increase in the number of permits issued for new roofs and siding. She attributed the increase to the aging of homes in local subdivisions.

"New roofs are up about 75 percent," she said, adding, "That's a real strong category."

Lariviere noted that permits for build-outs of commercial properties-typically storefronts in local retail centers-rose about 14 percent last year.

"We are starting to see a nice pick-up of people taking the plunge and opening businesses, so that's why we're seeing that rise in commercial building permits," she said.

Lariviere said the village did not see much industrial construction over the past year.

"It's up 30 percent, but it's up to four permits versus three from 2012," she said.

However, Lariviere said she is hopeful of a modest increase in industrial building permits over the next 12 months due to the pending opening a previously announced yogurt processing facility. In addition, she said Vijay Gadde, the village's economic development director, is continuing to work with a number of businesses interested in locating in the Kendall Point Business Center.

"I don't think we'll have a huge increase in industrial permits, but I do think we'll continue at a nice pace," she said.

Lariviere confirmed that an improving economy is definitely a factor in the village's building permits.

"I will say except from 2008-2009, we've never had a decrease in single family permits, though the increases were miniscule-in the five and six percent range. We weren't having 17 percent increases every year. However, we were seeing steady numbers and I think we've held our own," she said.

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