ABILENE - Construction activity across the city remained brisk through the first half of the year.
While the number of building permits issued dropped slightly, there still were nearly $100 million in permits issued between Jan. 1 and June 30.
According to information from the City of Abilene Building Inspection Division, from Jan. 1 to June 30, 620 permits were issued with a value of $97.2 million.
For the same period last year, 668 permits were issued with a value of $108.4 million.
The number of permits over the first six months is down 7 percent while the valuation is down 10 percent.
Dana Schoening, director of planning and development services for the city, said he isn't overly concerned with the drop from last year and attributes much of it to weather delays.
Nearly a third of the permits issued were for single-family residential or business construction, at a value of $65.8 million.
According to city figures, $31.6 million in permits were issued for single-family residential home construction in the first half of 2016; that figure is up from $29.6 million for single-family residential home construction in the first half of 2015.