February 2019 Building Permits -03-14-19: Work continues on a major expansion of Lee’s Liquor store on West Pioneer Boulevard after the business was issued a permit in January worth $310,464. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

A million dollars up, a million and a half dollars down. That’s the mixed bag in the February building permit report from the city of Mesquite Building Department.

Overall, the valuation of last month’s 121 permits was down by just over a million dollars to $4.829 million compared to February 2018 when the city issued 108 permits valued at $5.937 million.

Much of that is reflected in the commercial building category when only one permit was issued this year valued at $41,800 for work at the Mesquite airport. The city issued two permits in February 2018 valued at $1,558,305 for the Eagles Landing travel center at the I-15 Exit 118 interchange.

The city issued three permits for commercial modifications in February with a valuation of $16,731 compared to four last year valued at $13,464.

One new business permit was issued this year compared to five last year.

The housing construction market remained on track with 17 permits worth $4.083 million issued last month. The city issued 14 permits in February 2018 worth $3.131 million.

Pulte Homes of Nevada who constructs all the new homes in Sun City Mesquite took out nine permits in February for new homes. Construction West took out three permits for new homes. Jackson Contracting had two permits for new single-family residences issued while Catamount Development and two individual home builders each received a single permit.

The most expensive single-family home construction permit was valued at $554,346 for a home in La Scala subdivision with the least expensive permit valued at $149,292 in Sun City.

Seven permits were issued this February for residential modifications compared to nine last year. Total valuations in this category fell from $208,128 last year to $45,856 this year.

The number of permits issued for block walls also fell from 18 in February 2018 to 10 permits this year. The valuation of the permits dropped from $790,717 last year to $333,346 this year. Last year’s valuation was skewed by one permit alone that was valued at $720,000 for a wall in Sun City Mesquite along Oxbow Bend street.

The city issued 12 permits for swimming pools this year valued at $188,825. That’s an increase from seven permits issued last year valued at $128,339.

The city issued one grading permit last month for work on Hardy Way.