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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