Nonresidential Construction Starts Soar

Long Island Construction Law did not create this content about New York Construction. This article was written by David Winzelberg, and was published to the Long Island Business News on October 30th, 2019.

The number of New York-area nonresidential construction starts soared in September, as both residential and nonresidential construction starts have drawn even with last year.

There were more than $3.88 billion in construction starts in the New York area last month, 50 percent more than the $2.59 billion in construction starts recorded in September 2018, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics.

Nonresidential construction accounted for the total gain in building starts. There was about $2.44 billion in nonresidential building starts last month, more than double the $1.18 billion in nonresidential starts recorded in September 2018.

There was nearly $1.44 billion in residential building starts last month, a rise of just 2 percent from the $1.41 billion in starts a year ago.

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So far this year, total New York-area building starts are about even year-over-year, down slightly from $32.38 billion in the first nine months of 2018 to $32.3 billion in the first nine months of 2019.

Nonresidential construction covers office, retail, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing, schools, healthcare, religious, government, recreational, and other buildings. Nonresidential construction also includes streets and highways, bridges, dams and reservoirs, river and harbor developments, sewage and water supply systems, missile and space facilities, power utilities and communication systems.

Single-family and multifamily housing are considered residential buildings.

The Dodge report covers New York City, northern New Jersey, Hudson, Putnam, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties and parts of Pennsylvania.


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