Eastern CT housing starts rose 2.79% last year
Permits for construction of new homes in Eastern Connecticut rose 2.79 percent compared with a year ago, according to figures released by the state Department of Economic and Community Development on Tuesday.
The number of issued permits for 25 towns covered by the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors was 258 in 2012 compared with 251 a year prior. Nine towns showed increases, 13 had decreases, and three were unchanged.
East Lyme had the highest number of permits with 39, up from 28 a year ago. Ledyard, another New London County town, showed the greatest percentage increase at 140 percent, rising to 24 from 10.
Brooklyn was tops in Windham County with 26 permits, up from 18 a year ago.
Statewide permits rose 45.9 percent to 4,140 from 2,837 a year prior. The number of permits was the largest since 4,910 were posted in 2008. In December the number of permits more than doubled to 524 from 253.
“Eastern Connecticut lagged the state but that’s better than a decline,” Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors CEO John Bolduc said.