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Builders construct 208 homes in 2013, 38 in January

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 4:30 am

More than 200 new homes were constructed in Harker Heights in 2013, and 2014 is off to a good start.

January home starts equalled almost 20 percent of the 2013 total, said Fred Morris, Harker Heights planning and development director.

“I think it is a good sign of the year to come,” he said. “Typically, you will see things kind of the wind down at the first of the year.”

The city issued 38 residential permits in January, which was more than any single month in 2013, according to a Harker Heights economic development report.

Most of the January permits were for homes in Tuscany Meadows, The Grove at Whitten Place and Evergreen Estates.

The city approved the infrastructure of Whitten Place, a new subdivision off Verna Lee Boulevard, in late 2013, Morris said.

January marked the first month homes were built in Whitten Place, with nine permits issued, the report stated.

“Typically we see a pretty steady flow of permits,” Morris said. “The nine that went in there initially was just opening the flood gates. (But) we may not continue on that pace.”

Tuscany Meadows, off Stillhouse Lake Road, experienced the most growth in 2013 with 86 new-home permits issued. Builders in the neighborhood received 11 permits in January.

Tuscany Meadows and Whitten Place developers installed infrastructure across large portions of the neighborhoods. Doing so allows construction on several homes at once, Morris said. Building in both subdivisions should continue throughout the year.

The developer of Evergreen Estates, off Farm-to-Market 2410, is building infrastructure in smaller phases, Morris said.

The neighborhood received 46 permits in 2013, the report stated. Six permits were issued for it in January.

Residential growth continued in several other subdivisions during 2013, but at a slower pace since they are near capacity, Morris said.

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