Building permits for Orange County show a mixed picture as the end of the year approaches.
According to estimates by the Construction Industry Research Board, which tracks the numbers, permits issued for construction of single-family homes in the county will be down by 500 when all the figures are tallied at the end of this year, a drop from 9,800 permits in 1986 to 9,300 this year.
Multifamily units--including condominiums and apartments--will rise, from 15,100 to 16,200.
For commercial buildings, permits worth $160 million of factory and warehouse construction will be issued this year, down from $201 million last year. Also down will be office space, from $521 million last year to $410 million this year.
Stores and hotels will be the only commercial buildings to show an increase in permits, the board said. Stores will rise from $225 million in permits to $272 million, and hotels will rise from $75 million to $81 million.