Home construction returning to Salisbury

The repeal of impact fees helped to make 2017 the first year since 2007 that a single-family housing development has gone up in Salisbury. Twelve new homes are under construction at locations including Sassafras Meadows, Sleepy Hollow, East Church Street, Camden Avenue and Hunter’s Crest on the east side. A new Royal Farms is under construction on South Salisbury Boulevard.

When Mayor Jake Day talks about 2017 being Salisbury’s best year for new construction, it’s with buoyancy and pride but also with expectations for future growth.

“People have gotten excited about Salisbury,” Day told the Salisbury Independent this week, a few days after he announced the building boom at a news conference.

“We saw a lot of developers who wanted to talk to us.  There is an interest in annexation and development. It’s all about development. All the things we’re putting into the works are paying off. We want those things to turn into a permanent effect.

“The years 2015 and 2016 weren’t bad years. They were some of the best years, but 2017 was the best. We want to see this turning into jobs and 2017 was evidence of that,” Day said.

From 2016 to 2017, the Metropolitan Statistical Area, as the city calls it, added 200 permanent construction jobs. Day said about 100 are in Wicomico County and the rest in Sussex, Worcester and Somerset counties.

“Beyond just adding attractive new single-family homes and strengthening our core, we’re strengthening our workforce, putting local paychecks in local pockets,” Day said.

The city tracked more than $55.5 million in construction projects with contributing factors including a stronger economy and permit fee waivers.

That fee moratorium, adopted by the City Council last February, led to 19 permits being issued for new, single-family homes in the city. It made 2017 the first year since 2007 that a single-family housing development has gone up in Salisbury, according to a city news release.

Twelve new homes are under construction at locations including Sassafras Meadows, Sleepy Hollow, East Church Street, Camden Avenue and Hunter’s Crest on the east side.

“As a direct result of the fee moratorium, we see the first new housing development inside the city in a decade. The first new neighborhood. Direct proof that these incentives are breathing new life into the residential construction market here in Salisbury,” Day said.

“The Beaglin Park corridor is coming back, heating back up. The City Park area. There are vacant lots turning into residential developments.  They had been planned for a long time but they went on hold. We’re excited to see all of that happen.

“We’re excited about development. We’ve had a good little turn here,” the mayor said.

“The progress doesn’t stop with 2017.  We will continue to do everything we can to make this city a place where developers, builders and homeowners can turn lots into houses, houses into homes and homes into communities.”

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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