From year to year, the amount of commercial and residential construction in Batesville can shift dramatically. 2013 was a so-so year, with $12.2 million in new structures, according to data provided by Tim Macyauski, director of operations for the Batesville building and street departments.
That’s only half as good as 2004’s record-setting year, but twice as good as the rock bottom worst period, 2006 (please see chart).
Last year the department issued 131 applications and permits: 27 commercial sign and banner permits; 21 lateral inspection and impact fee permits; 19 commercial addition and remodeling building permits; 18 residential garage, deck, porch, pool and accessory building permits; 11 new residential home building permits; eight variance applications; five residential remodeling and addition permits; four right-of-way construction permits; two plan reviews; and one each of these types of permits: new commercial building, demolition, home occupancy, residential apartment and temporary business.
Three firms got permits for new commercial projects: Broughton Dental, BDB Holdings for Steak ‘n Shake and Batesville Monument.
Commercial additions were OK’d for Gehring Inc. and the Hill-Rom Ritter Plant. Commercial remodeling permits were granted to O’Reilly Auto Parts, Pizza Hut, RomWeber Flats phase 2 and Margaret Mary Health (two).
In addition, thanks to a $226,547 Main Street Revitalization Grant awarded to the city in 2012, nine facades were upgraded: Office Shop; A Stitch in Time; Sherman House; Strands Salon and
Day Spa; French’s Locker; Hendrickson (former Knights of Columbus) building; Fullenkamp’s Sporting Goods and Jim’s Engraving; Ison’s Family Pizza; and Tucker building, Sycamore and South streets.
Fees taken in totalled $75,337. Of that, $20,550 in Building Department dollars went into the General Fund; while $50,211 in impact fees, $4,000 in tap-in fees and $575 in sewer inspection fees were collected for the sewage utility, according to clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel.
Commercial builders know that, according to the Indiana Administrative Code, plans for buildings of over 30,000 cubic feet must be submitted to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Division of Fire and Building Safety so that construction design releases can be issued.