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Brighton reports highest total of new building permits since 2008

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Multi-family housing projects cited for increased numbers

By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The Community Development Department finished 2012 with its highest number of building permits since 2008.

Community Development Director Marv Falconburg said the city finished the year with 391 building permits, up from 37 building permits nearly five years ago.

“Single-family homes more than doubled in 2012,” he said. “The big news really is… multi-family. We have not had a multi-family project since 2007, and that number went up considerably this year with two large projects.”

Falconburg is referring to the Solaire development on Eighth Avenue and Bromley Lane — which took out permits for 250 units — and the Libretto project, a 28-unit affordable housing project for seniors.

According to Falconburg, the department is excited to see the activity in the city. He said the Solaire project is firing up with activity on its site and starting to drill geothermal pockets.

“It’s going to be one of the nation’s largest geothermal apartment communities, and we’re excited about that because it’s going to save money for the residents, it’s going to be good for the city, it’s very sustainable and it’s good for everyone in the end,” he said.

In addition to geothermal heating, the complex will feature water and energy savings along with pre-wiring for solar energy.

Falconburg said the Libretto project was sold to the housing authority by the urban renewal authority and that the housing has recently put up a fence and broke ground on the site.

A groundbreaking on the Libretto project will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 on the sixth floor of City Hall due to the cold weather. The groundbreaking at the site is set for 9:30 a.m.