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Rebuilding permits in Joplin setting records

Rebuilding permits in Joplin setting records

May 26, 2011
A car passes tornado-destroyed buildings and trees as clouds roll in on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. A tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, wiping out neighborhoods and killing at least 123 people. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

JOPLIN, Mo. • Rebuilding continues in earnest in Joplin, as the southwest Missouri city recovers from a May 22 tornado.

The city has issued an average of $35.4 million in permits per month since the tornado.

Before the tornado, the city averaged just over $2.1 million a month in building permits. The Joplin Globe reports that the city was on track for one of the worst years for construction in decades.

For the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31, the city issued nearly $192.5 million in permits, a record.

Steve Cope, supervisor for building codes and inspections, says he expects the record pace to continue. And he predicts the city could issue another $200 million in permits next fiscal year.

The permits include everything from demolition to homes to commercial buildings.


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Amanda St. Amand is the digital editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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