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The Elko Express tunnel car wash under construction at 1130 River St. is one project that has boosted building permits in the city.

JEFFRY MULLINS, Elko Daily Free Press

After a slow start this year, permit valuations for commercial construction in Elko have picked up, putting the year-to-date total at $6.3 million more than the same period last year.

Valuations for January through September of 2017 totaled $24.76 million, compared with $18.46 million for those months of 2016.

“We had some late commercial ones come in,” said Assistant Elko City Manager Scott Wilkinson. “The difference is directly related to several large developments in 2017.”

Among the construction projects under way this year are a new Southwest Gas facility just off Ruby Vista Drive near Highland Manor, and a new Kenworth facility at the east end of Ruby Vista Drive.

“Kenworth is just getting their building going for a new facility,” the city’s development manager, Jeremy Draper, said.

A new cash wash between River and Water streets and a new hotel are a couple of other construction projects.

The Holiday Inn Express is under way at Ruby Vista Drive and East Jennings Way.

Another new project, a Golden Gate Petroleum truck stop and casino just off Interstate 80 at the west end of town, will help bring valuations up later.

The Elko Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the truck stop at its Oct. 3 meeting, following Elko City Council approval on Sept. 26 for rezoning the site from agricultural to commercial.

Fewer new homes

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Wilkinson said smaller commercial and office developments and residential construction also brought up the valuation. Residential development is down from last year, however.

The City of Elko Building Department’s latest report on permit applications and issued permits shows single family dwellings built in the city for year-to-date 2017 total 24, which is nearly half as many as the 47 homes built in the same period last year.

A chart from the building department shows that the highest number of new residences in recent years was 98 in 2013. The most multi-family units, 172, were built in 2014. There have been no multi-family units permitted so far in 2017.

The report also shows that foundations for manufactured homes totaled five in 2017, compared with a dozen in 2016.

Permit fees collected so far in 2017 totaled $838,144, up from $763,185 last year, the report shows.

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