ELKO — Building permits are up from a year ago, but new construction is starting to slow a little from previous months.
The City of Elko Building Department had issued 866 permits this year as of Aug. 30, up from 638 the year before.
“A lot of the stuff we’re actually dealing with right now are projects that were issued late last year,” said Building Official Ted Schnoor.
Still, there were 27 manufactured home foundation permits issued this year, while the City issued none in 2014. The permits are for a Cedar Estates subdivision being worked on by Bailey & Associates.
Also on the rise are single-family dwellings, though multi-family dwellings have gone down.
“It’s been steady all year,” Schnoor said.
The City has received 295 permit applications through August and collected fees of $1.6 million. The total permits valuation is more than $36 million.
Other housing sections being developed include Tower Hill and Great Basin Estates, but Schnoor said lot development won’t necessarily lead to home construction in the near future.
On the commercial side, the City has seen the NV Energy relocation and recently issued a foundation permit for a Home 2 Suites by Hilton.
“That’ll be a big project for us,” Schnoor said.
Maverik has been busy building its new store on Idaho Street, and has planned to expand its Mountain City Highway property to include the current location of Gun World & Archery.
Farnes Williams, owner of Gun World, said construction on his new building — directly across the street — began in July.
“It’s a couple thousand feet bigger,” he said, adding that the lot has better parking and access, and even enough space for a potential future expansion of 3,000 feet.
The new Gun World & Archery will be 5,000 square feet and will include three indoor archery shooting lanes, Williams said. Two big windows in the front will feature local mounts. The building, located at Spruce Road and Noddle Lane, is being constructed by Arnold Beck Construction. Ruby Dome Construction is doing the dirt and asphalt, he said.
Gun World plans to move in early November, closing the old store for up to a week during the switch, Williams said.
While work continues on the Hampton and Ledgestone hotels, Schnoor speculated about continued growth in the future.
“We’re expecting a couple more hotels possibly this year,” he said.
Maverik is likely to be complete in a couple of weeks, and the City just issued its “final blessing” on the Winchester Court project for occupancy.
So far, this year is looking fairly normal for permits as compared to the last four years, Schnoor said. However, that is subject to change at any time.
“Even if things slow down now as far as new construction goes, we’ll still be busy for the next year,” Schnoor said.