New Building Construction in Salem in 2017 Totals $3,478,501
City Has Two Projects That Top $1-Million Dollars
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New building construction in Salem in 2017 totaled just under three and a half million dollars.

The Salem Public Works Department reports three new commercial projects totaled nearly $2.5-million of the total. They include a $1.1-million building permit issued for the new Denny's Restaurant in December. A $1,585,000 permit was issued in April to Greer Management Services for a new Alzheimer's care facility at 339 Hotze Road. A $260,000 permit was issued to Eternal Hope Christian Church to build a new church at 308 South Broadway.

Commercial additions during the year totaled $775,000. The biggest was a half-million dollar addition to Rural King issued in March. A $140,000 permit was issued for renovation of the former Moose Lodge at 112 North Walnut into a new county record center. An $85,000 permit was issued to Roy Landers for an addition to Landers Automotive at Number 2 Mills Cart Road. A $35,000 permit was approved to add onto the former Shamrock Cleaners building at 127 Westgate Avenue. Quad County Ready Mix was issued a $15,000 permit for a commercial addition to their building at 3782 South Hotze Road.

There were no new homes constructed in Salem last year. Permits were issued to locate three modular or mobile homes at #2 Lakedale, 1179 South College and 137 Shingle Oak. Residential additions totaled $105,000. The city issued 34 permits for garage and storage buildings.

Five permits during the year were issued to tear down homes. They were at 404 South Hamilton, 1614 Boone Street, 221 West Warmouth, 121 Indiana and 402 West Schwartz. Commercial demolition permits were issued for 518 South Broadway, the former Restwell Motel at 700 West Main, and the former Liquor Barrell building on South Missouri Avenue.

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