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New construction is on the rise in St. Charles County.

St. Charles County continues to be the hub of single-family housing activity in the region with more single-family permits issued during the first half of this year than in five nearby counties and the city of St. Louis.

Statistics compiled by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri show that 185 single-family housing permits were issued in June in St. Charles County. That’s down from 246 single-family housing permits were issued in May, which was the highest one month for one month for the county and five nearby Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis since at least 2008, according to association records.

In all, 1,029 single-family housing permits have been issued in St. Charles County for the year through June, compared to 994 for the same period last year, and 947 issued for the first six months of 2013.

If this pace keeps up, more single-family housing permits may be issued in St. Charles County in 2015 than for any single year since at least 2008. Last year, 1,935 single family permits were issued in the county, and 1,884 permits were issued in 2013.

More than twice as many single-family permits have been issued in St. Charles County for the first six months of 2015 than in St. Louis County, where 450 were issued. The St. Louis County number may even be higher because June data wasn’t available for Bridgeton and Festus, the association says

St. Louis County’s single-family numbers are still ahead of its totals for the last two years for the same six-month period. Through June last year, 331 single-family permits had been issued in St. Louis County, down from 363 for the same period in 2013.

Last year, 698 total single-family permits were issued in St. Louis County, compared to 712 issued there for all of 2013.

Single-family housing activity is also ahead this year in Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln and Warren counties but behind in the city of St. Louis.

During the first six months of this year, 240 single-family housing permits were issued in Jefferson County, compared to 224 for the same period in 2014. The 2015 total is behind the 268 issued in 2013 for the same period.

In Franklin County, 171 were issued for the same period, compared to 108 last year and 158 in 2013. Through June, 51 single-family permits were issued in Lincoln, ahead of 34 for the same period in 2014 and 37 in 2013. Forty-four single-family permits had been issued this year through June in Warren County, compared to 39 in 2014 and 36 in 2013 for the same period.

In St. Louis, 45 single-family permits for new homes had been issued through June, compared to 98 in 2014 and 42 in 2013 for the same period. The city also issued 169 permits for rehabbing single-family homes through June, down from 294 last year, and 283 in 2013 for the same six-month period.

Meanwhile, the number of multi-family housing permits for new apartments and condominiums is lagging throughout the region, except in Lincoln County, so far in 2015 Authorities say multi-family permits tend to come in bunches because they often are issued for specific developments.

Association statistics indicate no multi-family permits have been issued in St. Louis County through June, compared to eight in the same period in 2014, and 4 in 2013. For the entire year in 2014, 110 multi-family permits were issued in St. Louis County.

Only 60 multi-family permits were issued in St. Charles County through June this year, compared to 404 for the same period through last June. No multi-family permits were issued for the first six-months of 2013.

The total number of multi-family permits issued for 2014 was 677 in St. Charles County, and 232 for all of 2013.

No multi-family permits have been issued through June in Jefferson and Franklin counties but 38 have been issued in Lincoln County through July. No multi-family permits had been issued in Lincoln County in the last two years.

In St Louis, 39 new multi-family permits were issued through June this year, compared to 673 the year before, and 190 issued for the same period in 2013. But rehab activity is up for apartments and condominiums with 3,727 multi-family permits issued through June of this year, up from 1,919 last year and 1,254 in 2013 for the same six-month periods.

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