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Grady Development moves at record pace

February 23, 2006

Grady County -- In 2005 new construction doubled from the year before and is expected to continue to grow. Grady County is turning the page on plans for its future.

Those plans include $18 million of new construction in the last year that doesn't seem to be tapering off. "I think people just decided well we're going to work here, we're going to live here," says Grady County Code Enforcement Officer Larry Ivy.

It's cutting a path for more homes in the county. "We're in here finishing some trim, working on this house," said home builder Robert Horton.

The boom in construction can be attributed to several things, an increase in jobs. "The industrial authorities have been working, they've brought in lots of industry, there's been more of a demand for housing," Ivy said.

And recent storms have turned many eyes north to Georgia and out of harms way. "The key to that was unfortunately disaster and Florida, and I don't need to tell y'all it's been devastating with Florida," Ivy said. And recent storms have turned many eyes In 2004, the code enforcement office inspected 6,500 homes. Last year it was closer to 9,000 and they expect that number to grow. "It's growing a lot more than it use to and it's growing at a steady rate." "Pretty constant, we haven't missed any work," Horton said. With a moratorium on construction in Thomas County, Grady County is expected to continue to grow one house at a time. The homes being built in Grady County are also larger. Many of the homes under construction are valued at between $300,000 and $500,000.

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