More than 100 permits for single-family homes were issued in 2001.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
AUSTINTOWN -- This township most likely has retained its title as the community with the most single-family housing development in Mahoning County, according to local development officials.
Mike Wilson, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Home Buyers' Association, said he thinks the township issued more permits for single-family housing in 2001 than any other Mahoning County community. It's been No. 1 in the county when it comes to single-family housing since the mid-1990s.
A total of 102 single-family permits were issued in Austintown in 2001, according to the annual report from the township zoning office. That's the fewest number of single-family permits that have been issued in the township in the last 10 years.
It's still nearly double the number that Wilson expects to be issued in the second-place township.
Final figures are not yet available for other townships. But Wilson expects Boardman or Canfield and Canfield Township to come in second in single-family development.
Austintown Zoning Inspector Michael Kurilla Jr. is planning to present the annual report to the township trustees at a meeting tonight.
Value: The value of residential developments receiving permits in Austintown in 2001 is $14.5 million. A total of 621 permits for development worth $23 million were issued during the year in the township, according to the zoning report.
The value estimates do not include the cost of property. The county auditor uses the estimated value of homes and property to calculate tax rates.
Wilson said he believes developers are drawn to Austintown by the amount of property available in the township. He added that developers also are happy to find a variety of different markets in the township, where buyers look for both smaller and luxury homes.
"All those things make it more attractive," Wilson said.
'Respectable' year: Kurilla, meanwhile, said he believes the township had a "respectable" year for development. He said he thinks more developers would have started new projects in the area if not for uncertainty over the future of a new project at GM Lordstown.
Kurilla also said developers were discouraged from starting new projects by the national economic recession. He said he expects the township to issue about 125 permits for single-family housing in 2002.
The annual report also shows that the zoning department issued 24 permits in 2001 for business developments or additions worth a total of $5.2 million.
Those included the permit to construct a Fairfield Inn worth $2 million on state Route 46 near Interstate 80.