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Quincy construction boom: More residential units & duplexes being built

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If it seems like you're seeing more buildings going up around Quincy, you're right. New construction on residential units more than doubled last year, so what's behind the trend?

It still may be winter, but local builders are already out on construction sites building new residential units across town.

"We've kind of just kind of fought through the mud and the snow to get the job done," said Marlon Janssen with Janssen Builders.

Janssen is working on several single family units and duplexes and he says they're starting the construction process earlier than ever because of the growing demand.

"There's not somebody above you, the noise of somebody above you all the time or below you. They are more self efficient. They're more like a house. You're still living in a home versus living in an apartment," said Janssen.

And, this trend is something City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer says they haven't seen since the economy tanked backed in 2007.

"We've got 15 single family attached housing permits pulled and then we have 6 townhouses, which are attached housing which involve 29 units. So, quite a number of multi-family type housing under construction right now," said Bevelheimer.

Bevelheimer says one of the reasons for the rush in construction may be a new energy code that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

"Typically we don't see this level of permit activity in the dead of winter of December that we did this year and I think it all related back to the energy code and trying not to trigger those new requirement on housing starts," explained Bevelheimer.

 

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