R’land continues increased growth in commercial, residential areas

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The city of Ridgeland continues to enjoy both commercial and residential growth outpacing figures from 2016.

In 2017 the city recorded $73.5 million in both residential and commercial growth, while 2016 saw $56.5 million. In terms of commercial growth, 2017 outpaced 2016 in both development dollars and total number of permits issued, and officials are expecting even more this year.

Commercially in 2016, city officials issued nine new building permits for a total construction cost of nearly $18.7 million. 

The city experienced an increase in both number of permits and construction dollars spent in 2017, when it issued 13 new building permits for a construction cost of approximately $32.6 million.

Over the past five years, according to Community Development Director Alan Hart, commercial development has been steady.

“However, we anticipate a big increase in volume in 2018.”

Hart said most of the development has been evenly distributed between County Line Road, U.S. Highway 51, Lake Harbour Drive, Jackson Street and Highland Colony Parkway both last year and in 2016. But, there is still plenty of room for growth among those five city arteries.

The city’s biggest development over the past two years was the new Mercedes-Benz dealership, located off Frontage Road on the east side of the interstate.

Construction of the dealership was completed in the latter half of 2017.

The new dealership is in conjunction with the existing facility located off I-55, south of Briarwood Drive in Jackson.

Located on a 10-acre site, it has a 70,000-square-foot showroom and 44 service bays.

Besides new building permits, Ridgeland had many new commercial permits in existing buildings. 

“A big portion of our permitting is allocated to non-residential additions (and) alterations, which is often indicative of a new business that leases a space in an existing building,” Hart said.

 

 In 2016, the city issued 64 of those permits in the amount of nearly $10.7 million in construction costs.

Last year, the city issued 61 permits but had an increase in construction costs, which surpassed $15.8 million.

In all, 2016 gave Ridgeland had nearly $29.5 million in commercial development construction for both new and existing buildings and 73 issued commercial permits.

Last year, the city had $48.4 million in construction costs and 74 permits, with anticipation for more this year.

 

Residentially, the city had fewer permits issued in 2016 than in 2017. However, the size in homes varied between years.

In 2016, the city issued 69 residential permits, equaling a construction cost of more than $26.8 million. Last year, the city issued 49 residential permits and two residential permits for attached homes, with a total construction cost of approximately $22.5 million.

“The size of the houses were much smaller in 2016 than in 2017. You should notice that the average cost of a home was about $50,000 more per home,” Hart said.

In 2016, Hart said the majority of the residential development occurred in Bridgewater, Maison Bleu and Enclave, while 2017 development was mainly completed in Bridgewater.

Hart said the area where Ridgeland still has room for residential development remains in Bridgewater.

In July 2017, the Sun reported there are at least 500 homes in Bridgewater.

In 2016, the city had $56,495,321 in total permitted values commercially and residentially.

Last year, the city had $73,502,008.

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