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September 19, 1999
Here are building permits valued at $350,000 and up filed recently in Orange County. SANTA ANA * Project: Foundation Address: 1800 E. St. Andrew Place Value: $1.2 million Owner: Light Inv. Fabrication Concept * Project: City Hall expansion Address: 20 Civic Center Plaza Value: $350,000 Owner: City of Santa Ana * Project: Tenant improvement Address: 1251 E. Dyer Road Value: $422,500 Owner: Octc Assoc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. The request to approve the work comes after The Times reported that county-paid crews installing a security system last year replaced his garage's interior walls, installed electrical wiring and equipment, and put in appliances - without city permits.
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NEWS
September 13, 1990
An emergency moratorium to prohibit issuance of building permits for large home expansions in the city's residential zones was extended Tuesday by the Board of Directors. The restrictions, originally approved in April, will stay in place until October, 1991, to allow city staff members time to devise permanent regulations against "mansionization," the building of large homes or additions that dwarf neighboring houses. A public workshop on the proposed rules for home sizes is scheduled for 7 p.m.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The number of U.S. residential building permits issued in October surpassed 1 million, the highest level in five years, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Building permits in October were up 6.2% from the month before, reaching 1,034,000, government figures show. That's up 13.9% from October of last year.  Data for the number of housing starts were not included with the report due to the partial government shutdown last month. The release of those figures has now been pushed to Dec. 18.  Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?
BUSINESS
May 16, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON --  Housing starts dropped 16.5% in April to the lowest level since November, but permits for future construction rose to a nearly five-year high, providing mixed signals for the red-hot real estate market. Construction on privately owned homes, condominiums and apartments started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 853,000 units in April, down from the revised rate of 1.02 million the previous month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Analysts had expected a more modest falloff to an annual rate of  about 970,000 units.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
New residential construction rose significantly in March as builders started more multi-unit dwellings. Housing starts rose 7% from upwardly revised February figures to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,036,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The rate was 46.7% higher than March 2012. Housing starts jumped higher than economists polled by Bloomberg News expected, after the Commerce Department said builders started many more units in February than previously thought.  The department revised February starts to an annual rate of 968,000 from 917,000.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
New residential construction increased in February, while builders look to put up more homes in the near future to meet rising demand for housing--a positive trend for the broader economic recovery. Housing starts jumped 0.8% from revised January figures to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.  The rate of new construction was slightly higher than economists polled by Bloomberg News expected as both single-family construction and apartment and condo building climbed.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
U.S. home builders scaled back new construction in July from a four-year high reached the previous month, but applications for building permits jumped to their highest level since August 2008. Housing starts for single-family homes and apartments slid 1.1% last month from June, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000. June's construction pace had been the fastest since October 2008. Only the Midwest enjoyed an increase, with housing starts picking up 17%. Every other region fell, with new building efforts in the West declining 5.3%.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, due mostly to plummeting apartment construction, but requested the most permits since September 2008. Overall housing starts last month dropped 4.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 708,000, but that's compared with April's 744,000 figure, which was revised up. Compared with May 2011, new construction is up 28.5%, according to the Commerce Department report . Initial work on multi-family housing, an erratic gauge which plunged 21.3% last month, was a drag on the overall measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Four weeks after Wal-Mart announced plans to open a grocery store in Chinatown, Los Angeles City Council members have proposed a law that would block an array of chain businesses from opening in the neighborhood. A temporary ordinance sought by Councilman Ed Reyes would prohibit building permits from being issued for new "formula retail" stores - those that have standardized facades, color schemes, decor, employee uniforms and merchandise. Wal-Mart is seeking to open a 33,000-square-foot market and pharmacy in a vacant ground-floor commercial space at Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Economists brushed off a decline in new residential construction starts last month and instead looked at an increase in permits issued for houses and apartment buildings as a positive indicator that the real estate market is on the mend. Housing starts fell 1.1% from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 698,000, the Commerce Department reported. That was a 34.7% surge from February 2011. Starts were down 5.9% from January in the West and 12.3% in the Northeast. They were up 1.5% in the South and 3.0% in the Midwest.
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