The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

April 24, 2013

Joplin’s rebuilding numbers show no signs of letting up

Though it has slowed from its peak, Joplin’s rebuilding boom shows no signs of letting up.

Building permits totaling about $766 million have been issued by the city of Joplin since the May 2011 tornado. That includes $51 million in the five months since November, which marks the beginning of the city’s fiscal year.

The figure covers all work in the city — not just tornado-related work.

Permits for the construction of new houses since the tornado have totaled 1,085, according to Steve Cope, the city’s building supervisor. Of those, 794 are in the tornado zone.

Most of the houses — about 840 — range in value from $50,000 to $140,000. The single largest category, at 149, is houses in the $80,000 to $90,000 value range.

In March, the city issued permits totaling $1.46 million for the construction of 19 new homes. The city issued permits totaling $3.6 million for 18 commercial projects. Permits for residential repairs totaled $495,146.

Permits for residential repair and rebuilding since the tornado have totaled 4,053. Cope said a large number of houses with post-tornado appraisals of 50 percent or more of their value are in this category. He said 20 percent of the permits in the category are for houses that have essentially been rebuilt.

Multifamily building permits have totaled 1,381 living units. Of those, 751 are occupied or ready for occupancy. Of the 751, 406 are considered affordable housing.

In terms of low-income housing, 90 units have been constructed, and 198 are pending completion. Among those completed are the Hope Cottages, with 32 single-family houses scattered about the city; the Delaware Duplex Community, 20th Street and Maryland Avenue, with 20 units; and Union City Homes, with 38 single-family homes scattered about the city.

Under construction are Eagle Ridge, 611 W. 25th St., with 40 apartments; Parkwood Senior Housing, 1300 N. Range Line Road, with 42 apartments; Forest Park Apartments, 29th Street and McClelland Boulevard, with 32 apartments; and Hampshire Terrace II, 2021 Hampshire Terrace, with 84 apartments.

The city estimates that 7,500 residences, including houses and apartments, were damaged or destroyed by the tornado, and that 553 businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Permits for new construction, rebuilding and repairs in the commercial category since the tornado have totaled 476.



Mercy still leader

THE $269.4 MILLION PERMIT for the new Mercy Hospital Joplin at 50th Street and Hearnes Boulevard is still the largest single building permit in Joplin’s history.

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May 2011 Joplin tornado
  • Local new-home construction catches up to previous pace

    After a slow start early in this fiscal year for Joplin, the construction of new houses has resumed at the pace that existed in fiscal year 2013, when permits for new houses averaged more than 16 per month. Since November, the beginning of Joplin’s fiscal year, permits for 118 houses have been issued for a total cost of $12.8 million. The average value has been about $108,000.

    June 11, 2014

  • 052212 unity walk1_72.jpg SLIDESHOW: One year later, One day of unity, updated Photos from a day of events commemorating the May 22, 2011 tornado anniversary

    May 22, 2012 1 Photo

  • 060314 Farmers rebuild 1_72.jpg Farmers Insurance writes manual based on experience from Joplin disaster recovery

    Joplin’s housing recovery from the 2011 tornado is one for the books. Jeff Dailey, CEO of Farmers Insurance, announced Tuesday that not only will Farmers Insurance stick with Rebuild Joplin to repair and replace the homes left on the local group’s waiting list, but the company also will kick off a similar recovery effort today for the city of Sea Bright, New Jersey, based on a book it has written to expedite disaster recovery that is based on its experience in Joplin.

    June 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • r052214butterflygarden.jpg New park feature opens on tornado anniversary to encourage healing

    Cunningham Park has become an emotional place for Pamela Praytor. The name of her son, Christopher Lucas, is engraved on a monument that stands in the park in memory of the 161 people who were killed in the May 2011 tornado. “Even though I cry when I come, it’s OK,” she said. “It’s part of the healing.”

    May 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • r051214greenbldgs3.jpg Home, business cited as examples of energy efficiency, strength

    Ramona and Charles “Hugh’’ Shields were not the least bit reluctant on Monday to open their new house in the tornado zone to a bunch of strangers who had a lot of questions. “I used to live in a house where I had to wear two pairs of socks in the winter to keep my feet warm — not anymore,’’ said Ramona Shields. “This house is nice and warm in the winter, and nice and cool in the summer.’’

    May 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mercy Health System to receive $23 million FEMA grant

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Mercy Health System of Joplin with $23 million in public assistance funding by the end of the year. The disaster relief was announced Friday by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

    April 25, 2014

  • Respond With Love flower.jpg Joplin pays it forward with flowers; residents asked to return bulbs ‘fostered’ for other towns

    Suzan Morang’s front yard bloomed brightly last year from a colorful array of bulbs that she will happily pass on to someone else this year. Morang, 1207 Xenia Court, is a participant in America Responds With Love, a national nonprofit organization that distributes bulbs to disaster-stricken cities.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Creator of Joplin-based ‘Dear World’ exhibit features Boston bombing victims in new work

    The messages written on the skin of some Boston Marathon victims may be different, but Joplin residents will recognize the handwriting. Robert X. Fogarty, the creator of the “Dear World: From Joplin with Love” exhibit, took his signature style of photography and inspiration to Boston. Fogarty traveled to Joplin in 2011 and took pictures of community members with inspirational messages written on their bodies in black ink.

    April 21, 2014

  • r041414wildwood.jpg Opening of nursing home another recovery milestone

    Gladys Dutton has done a lot of things in her life, but Monday’s dedication of the Communities at Wildwood Ranch nursing home marked a first. “I’ve never cut a ribbon before,” she said. “I hope I do a good job.” Dutton was one of four residents to participate in the opening of the $8.5 million nursing center that eventually will be home to 120 people.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joplin Redevelopment Corp. preparing for first property sale

    The first sale of property from the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. to Wallace Bajjali Development Partners is scheduled for May 16. The city staff will be working to prepare for that sale, it was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting of the JRC.

    April 9, 2014

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