July 21st, 2020

Anacortes construction on rise in 2020

Despite the crushing impact on business activity due to COVID-19, the rate of new construction, residential additions and mechanical/plumbing work is greater this year in Anacortes than last year. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere recently reported active permits at this time: 8 accessory dwelling unit permits; 30 single family residential permits; 74 single family residential alteration permits. Total permits for 2020 to date: 333, compared to 324 at this time in 2019. City Planning, Community & Economic Development Department Director Don Measmer reports additional details: combined single family residential (SFR) and single family remodel alterations for the first two quarters of the year are up 20 percent over last year. The breakdown is 29 percent SFR, and 71 percent SFR additions. This ratio was consistent from 2019 to 2020, within less than two tenths of a percent. Mechanical and plumbing permits are up 126 percent over last year. (Photo, new construction at The Summit at Rock Ridge, Strandberg Construction)

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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