Athens, Tenn., building permits show surge in recent years with $30 million tally in 2017

Bobby Edwards, left, of Lambcon Ready Mix, turns the flow of concrete loose to pour into the bucket of a front end loader driven by Richard Moore, of Wilson Construction Group. The men are working at Tennessee Wesleyan University's new Colloms Campus Center on College Street in Athens, Tenn., on Feb. 21, 2018.

ATHENS, Tenn. - Building permits issued over the past three years in Athens, Tenn. - the county seat in McMinn - show a tally of nearly $100 million in construction projects, topping off more than $200 million in construction over the past decade.

A new downtown grocery store, a major addition at the local university and continuing development at Interstate 75's Exit 49 helped make for a $30.4 million year in 2017, Athens Community Development Director Anthony Casteel said Wednesday.

In 2017, building came in the form of various types of development, mostly commercial and industrial, Casteel said.

By the numbers

Year - Permits - Total2017 - 377 - $30.4