City officials are encouraged about residential building permits are on the increase.
Edmond has experienced a four-year cumulative decline of 65 percent in residential permits from 2006 through 2009.
For the past seven consecutive months, city officials reported that the sell of building permits are on the increase.
Since August, building permits have increased from 115 to 158, a 37 percent increase.
City officials saw a 52 percent increase in the number of building permits during the first two months of 2010. That is an increase from 23 to 35.
City Manager Larry Stevens said, “Hopefully this the start of a new trend and we are getting back into the positive numbers.”
Commercial building permits are down for the first of 2010.
City officials issued three building permits in the first two months of this year. There were 10 for the same period last year.