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New single-family home building permits in Lake County remain even in 2015

Andrew Cass | The News-Herald

New single-family home building permits issued in Lake County in 2015 remained almost identical to the 2014 numbers.

There were 314 permits issued in 2015, according to the Lake County Office of Planning and Community Development. That is only one fewer permit than was issued in 2014. In 2013, 292 permits were issued.

Mentor and Concord Township had the most building permits issued in 2015 with 85 and 65, respectively. The two also had the most in 2014 with 91 and 86, respectively.

Ron Traub, Mentor’s economic and community development director, attributes the city’s high numbers to vacant properties being converted into new developments.

“The city has been a healthy and growing community, therefore developers are looking to develop vacant tracts,” he said.

The challenge moving forward is a shrinking amount of available space, but Traub said there are still some larger tracts on the horizon that will be converted for residential use.

Among those on the horizon could be therezoning of the Johnny Cake Ridge Golf Course. Mentor City Council is currently considering rezoning 40-plus acres — most of which is on the 9-hole golf course—which would allow for upward of 100 homes.

The proposed homes would be priced at $250,000 to $350,000, and range from 2,200 to 3,200 square feet. Both single- and two-story homes are planned.

Rounding out the top five Lake County communities for new single-family home building permits in 2015 were Willoughby (47 permits issued), the city of Painesville (38) and Willoughby Hills (14).

The city of Painesville issued 17 more permits in 2015 than in 2014, the biggest increase in any community in Lake County.

Painesville Township has issued six permits each of the past two years, down from 21 issued in 2013, but that number will likely be significantly higher in 2016 with work on the township’s new subdivision The Estates at Kallay Farms.

Construction on the first phase is expected to begin later this year, developer Bill Dawson Jr. of WR Dawson Homes said. That phase is expected to include 30 homes.

The plan approved by Painesville Township trustees in May 2015 calls for 76 single-family homes to be built in the subdivision located off of Mentor Avenue, in between the New Haven Colony subdivision and Fairfield Road.

Dawson said the price of the homes will range from $250,000 to $350,000.

Overall, Dawson said he thinks that public and community confidence is higher than it has been in the past few years.