August 13th, 2021

Construction rate up despite material costs

Building has not slowed in Anacortes despite a triple increase in costs for lumber and building supplies. In fact, the City of Anacortes hired a part-time building inspector recently to assist with inspections.

According to Dave Oicles, Permit Services Coordinator & Certified Arborist for the City, “This year as a whole has been very busy with new construction and remodels. For all permit types (plumbing, mechanical new buildings, remodels, etc.) we are up more than 210 permits year-to-date compared to last year, and up compared to the last four years. We are currently at 684 permits processed and/or pending.”

Year-to-date comparisons (January to August 13 of each year) on NEW single family home permits issued:
2018: 81; 2019: 29; 2020: 38; 2021: 46

Year-to-date multi-family homes issued for 2021:
Townhomes: 39 dwelling units (7 buildings)
Apartments: 8 dwelling units (1 building with bottom floor office space)

Pending permits for new construction:
Single family homes: 11
Cottages – low income: 14
Townhomes: 4 dwelling units (1 building)
Apartments – low income: 21 dwelling units (1 building)

(Photo of new residence, Kreider 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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