Values of building permits in Watertown have risen to their highest monthly total in two years.
In July, the value of all building permits issued in Watertown was $8,880,784. This is the fourth highest value of any month in Watertown over the past five years and dwarfed the July totals from 2018, which were at $1,532,970.
The biggest contributing factor to this number is the construction of a new 24-unit apartment complex in Marquardt Village, a senior living community located at 1045 Hill St. Maas Brothers Construction is the contractor for the project valued at $8.5 million.
Dan Shea, project manager for Maas Bros. Construction, said the project includes an auditorium, remodeling and four other facilities in Marquardt. Some of the cost, Shea continued, includes work done on parking lots, landscaping and other projects in the village.
"In a total of seven buildings, something is being done on some level or another," said Shea.
The goal is to have the project completed by spring, according to Shea.
New home construction was light. The cumulative total of all permits this year as of July is $18,085,574. The amount is 81 percent higher than the value through July of 2018, which was $9,964,833.
Only one permit was issued for a single-family residence in July, which continues the downward trend in single-family permits given since April when the number climbed to five for the month. This brought the total number of permits of single-family residences this year to 19, which is the same amount of single-family home permits issued through July of 2018.
Of the 28 total permits issued in July, 16 were for residential additions and alterations, two for nonresidential additions and alterations, two for residential sheds and one for a five plus residential building, the Marquardt Village apartment complex.
The permits were issued to: Robert Smith for a deck at 1301 Allermann Drive; Sarah Parys for a deck at 1320 Neenah St.; Joseph Lekas to remove walls and a chimney at 231 Lounsbury St.; R.J. Construction, LLC for decks at the front and the rear of the house at 1128 River Drive; Daniel and Karen Thompson for a freestanding gazebo at 324 N. Warren St.; Holland Builders for a wall/door at 426 S. Montgomery St.; Joe's Handyman Service for repair of a porch and front steps at 14 Omena St., for a side porch and front steps at 16 Omena St., for repair of the front and side porches at 13 Mary St. and 15 Mary St., for replacing front and side steps/railing at both 11 Mary St. and 17 Mary St., and for repair or replacement of front and side porches at 12 Omena St.; Kevin and Denise Stanton for a shed at 812 Briar Court; Everdry Waterproofing for a basement drainage system at 229 E. Spaulding St.; Jeff Schoechert for a remodel and new trusses at 700 N. Water St.; Mad City Windows for a pergola and deck at 312 Elizabeth St.; Preferred Builders of Watertown for a new deck at 1506 Lawnview Lane; Rock River Home Improvements to replace decking and a new railing at 1118 Schiller St.; Alex Leath for new steps on the side of the porch at 311 N. Water St.; Stuart and Susan Armstrong for a three season porch and deck at 900 Jones St.; Loos Custom Homes for a new home at 1507 Stoneridge Court; A+ Environmental, Inc. for drain tile and a sump pump crock at 119 S. Monroe St.; Keith A. Berg for a porch/deck at 1208 River Drive; William Edington for a shed at 620 Deer Trail; Bailey Concrete and Masonry to redo basement walls at W7263 County Highway Q; and Jack and Karla Riedl for steps and a rail for the front porch at 915 S. Tenth St.