The City Union Planning Department collected more than $10,000 in fees on 102 permits and business licenses it issued for commercial and residential repairs and new construction and new businesses in the month of September.
In its report to Union City County Council for the month of September, the department reported issuing a total of 44 permits and collecting $1,934.50 in fees on projects with a combined value of $317,065. These included:
• Six building permits for $1,005 in fees on $160,525 worth of commercial repairs. One building permit for $15 on an $1,800 sign project.
• Four electrical permits including one for $136.50 on a $47,000 commercial repair project; one for $15 on a new residential project worth $650; and two permits for a total of $53 on residential repairs with a combined value of $1,150.
• Five heating/air conditioning permits for $175 on residential installations with a combined value of $22,579.
• Two commercial occupancy permits.
• One plumbing permit for $15 on $1,800 worth of residential repairs.
The department also conducted four plan reviews; issued one special exception for a cemetery at 1501 Cross Keys Highway; conducted five building inspections, two electrical inspections, five plumbing inspections, and two heating/air conditioning inspections; and held three meetings with contractors and property owners about code and zoning issues.
In addition, the department also conducted all regular building, mechanical, electrical, gas and plumbing inspections. The department also took pictures of nuisances, posted properties, and patrolled the city every day for business license and code violations. There were follow ups on complaints and the department also assisted Catawba Regional Council on Governments in photographing substandard houses in the Union Mill Village area.
The department also issued 58 business licenses in September, collecting $9,784.43 in fees.
Three major projects were permitted by the department in September including the new Save-a-Lot store at 410 N. Duncan Bypass; renovations at Brittany Manor; and fire damage repairs at Buena Vista Apartments, Building 8.
The report also lists three projects that got underway in September including new residential construction at 110 Heritage Way; the taking of bids for the demolition of an old church building at 111 Hillside Drive; and the ongoing demolition of the old Excelsior Mill at 138 Broad St..
The department issued 20 nuisance and code violation letters to property owners for overgrown grass, abandoned vehicles, signs, and condemned structures.