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March 28 – OAKWOOD – The value of construction and construction permits in Oakwood exceeded $13.5 million for the second consecutive year in 2021, more than double those figures for each year from 2017 to 2019.

The 2020 totals of $14.7 million and $13.69 million for 2021 were fueled by renovations to Oakwood City Schools and the Wright Memorial Public Library, records show.

The last time Oakwood saw comparable numbers was in 2003, when the city and schools completed major capital projects, said Ethan Kroger, Oakwood’s code enforcement officer.

Total permit values ​​include works such as construction of houses; Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning; garages and sheds; and fences and retaining walls.

While the number of permits issued has fluctuated between 347 and 397 over the past five years, schools and library projects in 2020 and 2021 were valued at $10.3 million and $4.55 million, respectively, according to Oakwood records.

These projects “certainly inflated the numbers” for permit values, Kroger said.

The total permit value for 2017-19 was $5.81 million, $6.88 million and $5.21 million, respectively, according to the records.

Oakwood’s average annual permit value over the past 10 years is $7.83 million, Kroger said.

The city also “saw a significant number of permits” for room additions, patios, decks as Oakwood residents sought to improve their property during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger said.

Oakwood Schools is undergoing an $18 million renovation. Phase I of the district’s facilities master plan is funded through a bond issue approved by voters in May 2019 to upgrade buildings that have an average age of more than 90 years, records show.

The district is working with Dayton contractor Danis Construction “and other partners to commission all mechanical updates to complete the project,” Oakwood Schools Community Relations Director Traci Hale said in a statement. E-mail.

The project is on budget, she added.

The Wright Library recently completed a year-long, $5 million renovation that includes improved disability access, a new children’s section and expanded community meeting spaces.

It was funded by a tax issue generating $3.8 million, as well as $1.5 million in private donations. A levy of 1.5 million passed with the support of 67% of voters in 2020.

The 81-year-old Far Hills Avenue site, named after Orville and Wilbur Wright and their sister Katharine, opened in 1939 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

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OAK LICENSE

Year License # Value

2017 397 $5.81M

2018 364 $6.88M

2019 353 $5.21M

2020 351 $14.7M

2021 347 $13.69M

Source: Town of Oakwood.