At first glance, it appears that the 142 building permits issued in July by the city of Mesquite’s building department took a sizeable leap from last year’s number of 93. However, when subtracting out 48 residential modification permits for one project, this year’s number, 94, is just about the same as July 2015.

A remodeling project at the Sandstone condos on West Mesquite Boulevard accounts for the increase. According to city officials, fire walls are being brought up to city code along with other smaller improvements in 94 units.

The total valuation of all permits issued rose slightly to $5.783 million this year compared to last year’s $5.218 million.

Permits for single family residences increase in value about half a million dollars from $5,023,660 last year to $5,519,280 this year even though the number of permits for new homes issued fell by three to 25.

Pulte Homes of Nevada took out 14 permits in July with values ranging from a high of $287,742 to a low of $144,456. LHSC home builders, Nevada Residential Construction (NRC) and Jackson Contracting each took out three permits for new homes in the Canyon Crest area. Catamount Development and Construction West each took one permit for new single family residences.

Other than the Sandstone condo project, 12 residential modifications were issued in July compared to 11 issued in July 2015.

While four permits for commercial modifications were issued last year none were sought this year. The number of new business permits fell from 12 last July to only three this year.

The number of permits for block walls rose from three last year to 14 this year. Three permits for swimming pools were issued in July compared to only one a year ago.

No grading or demolition permits were issued in July by the city.