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After showing strength in 2013, building activity may slow down in Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — Building activity in the city continued an upward trend last year, according to Code Enforcement Officer Gregg A. Mallette, but 2014 may turn out to be a tough year.

After completing a survey of the past three years, Mr. Mallette said, “2013 was the stronger of the three years. 2011 was the worst.”

Mr. Mallette said he believes the trend reflects the slow, but steady, recovery from the 2008 recession.

In 2011, there was a total of $4.5 million in construction value in the city, with 452 permits issued. In 2013, construction value in the city totaled $7.9 million, with 445 permits issued. But after a long, cold winter, Mr. Mallette said, the city’s building activity could again be on a downward slide.

“People are going to have to catch up with (utility bills) before they can make improvements,” he said.

In the first part of 2013, from January to April 25, the city already had approved 87 building permits compared with 47 for the same period this year, Mr. Mallette said.

“I do think it’s definitely proportional to the weather,” he said.

But some bright lights are on the horizon. He highlighted this year’s pending arrival of Maxam North America Inc., a Salt Lake City-based manufacturing company, within the city as a big boost to the local economy. It will be located near the Ogdensburg Bridge and the Port Authority’s Industrial Park.

Mr. Mallette also said Dunkin’ Donuts is planning to build in the city across from the McDonald’s restaurant on Paterson Street, which he said “will be a nice addition.”

He encouraged people to get in touch with his office before building so they are familiar with the process and know which types of projects require permits. The code enforcement office can be reached at 393-1935, or people can email Mr. Mallette at gmallette@ogdensburg.org or Code Enforcement Officer Mark Jacobs at mjacobs@ogdensburg.org.

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