LA MARQUE — Building is booming in La Marque as permits for new home construction increased nearly 90 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Permits for new homes in the city increased by nearly 90 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the city.
The city issued 76 building permits for single-family homes in 2012. In 2013, that number increased to 144, according to the city.
Much of the construction is happening in subdivisions on the city’s west side. Mayor Bobby Hocking said there are about 1,600 residential lots that are “being immediately brought online.”
Of those construction starts, 800 are in the Saltgrass Crossing subdivision, while another 400 are in the Delany Cove subdivision and the final 400 in the Painted Meadows subdivision, Hocking said.
The good news comes along with other with other positive economic signs. Sales tax revenue has increased about 20 percent from Fiscal Year 2011 to fiscal 2013 and more business inquiries are coming in every week, Hocking said.
The housing increase indicates the “general improving economic health of the area and for that matter the state,” Hocking said.
Hocking also pointed to the positive effects development along Interstate 45, particularly the Tanger Outlets in Texas City, is having on the area.
“The city of La Marque, quite frankly, is in the best shape ever,” Hocking said.
At a Glance
Building permits for single-family homes.
2012 — the city issued 76 permits.
2013 — the city issued 144 permits.