Knoxville — Growth in Knoxville is expected as the weather improves, as Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik reports an increase in requests for building permits.
"It's always a great time to build in Knoxville," Feik said. Permits for fences, decks, additions and new construction have come in at a greater rate than 2012, and much better than in 2011. There has also been a spike in requests for electrical and plumbing improvement permits.
"I think we're doing well," Feik said. "People seem to be building."
In 2012, a year in which Knoxville's valuation increased by $10 million, there were nine total permits issued between March and April. As of Tuesday morning, since March, the City issued six building permits, five electrical permits, five plumbing permits and seven fence permits.
Feik did not have hard numbers, but noted that 2011 figures were significantly lower. While much of the valuation increase mentioned is due to the construction of the Knoxville Performing Arts Center and expansion at Weiler, there were still many other projects in 2012 that improved Knoxville. More are expected in 2013.