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Cumberland County building activity on the rise

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After averaging 800 residential permits for three years, Cumberland County got back to nearly 1,100 in 2012 and had more than 1,100 last year, according to new data from the county planning office.

Residential permits grew 4.6 percent last year to 1,141.

Silver Spring and Upper Allen townships led the way with 276 and 190 permits, respectively. That equates to more than 40 percent of the county’s total.

Lower Allen and Hampden townships were No. 3 and No. 4 last year with 172 and 146 permits, respectively.

Between 2003 and 2008, the county averaged 1,448 residential permits per year.

Subdivision and land development submissions also were up from 2012, according to the planning office.

There were 535 lots proposed last year compared with 464 in 2012. Multifamily units led the way with 380 — all from four municipalities, including 196 in Hampden Township and 150 in Lower Allen Township.

There were none in 2012, according to the planning office.

Townhome proposals totaled 311 units last year, which was up from 100 in 2012. Proposals for single-family homes fell to 274 units from 402 in 2012.

Cumberland County also finished the year with 30 commercial proposals, an increase of 30.4 percent from 2012.

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