Single-family building permits in Indiana increased 13 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, despite a 7 percent decrease in December.

Permit numbers were the highest since 2008, said Indiana Builders Association CEO Rick Wajda, who predicted continued growth in 2017.

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained on firm ground in January, down two points to a level of 67 from a downward revised December reading of 69 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Any number over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

“Cost and availability of labor was a problem builders faced in 2016 and expect to continue to face in 2017,” said Wajda. “Cultivating a robust and skilled workforce will be key for the housing industry this year.”

Felderman Design-Build

Felderman Design-Build was awarded a design-build contract by Heat Power Engineering, for a 10,400-square-foot building expansion at 702 Incentive Drive

Huntington club remodeled

Aaron’s Inc. sponsored a two-day refurbishing project at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County.

Associates from Aaron’s repainted the center, installed new electronics and appliances and moved in new furniture. The renovation, unveiled Feb. 1, is the 17th the company has sponsored nationwide.

Angola garage sold

Lonsbury Garage in Angola has been sold by owner Al Lockhart to the shop’s manager, Stephan Cairl, who started his mechanic’s career with Lonsbury in 2005.

Cairl took ownership of the garage at 208 Mechanic St. at the beginning of 2017. Founded in 1951, Lonsbury services hybrids, domestics and imports and almost any make, model or size of vehicle. It specializes in fleet maintenance, offers heavy-duty truck diagnostics and repairs, and performs Department of Transportation inspections.

CBRE/Sturges

Neal Bowman represented the lessor, Summit City Management LLC, and also represented the lessee, Bone Dry Roofing Inc., in the lease of 2,025 square feet of space at 4715 Lima Road.

Kathy Moses-Denig and Brady Gardner represented the lessor, Dupont Commerce Court LLC, and Brad Sturges represented the lessee, TransWorks Inc., in the lease of 6,460 square feet of space at 2720 Dupont Commerce Court, Suite 230. Moses-Denig and Gardner represented the same lessor and Sturges represented the lessee, Triple Crown Services Co., in the lease of 12,017 square feet of space in Suite 200.

Jessica Huffman and Rebecca Worrell represented the lessor, Keystone Realty Ltd., and both also represented the lessee, Nyu-Edge Concrete LLC, in the renewal of a lease of 3,000 square feet of space at 5416 Keystone Drive.

SVN Parke Group

Brandon Downey represented the sublessee, Specialty Wire Technologies Inc., in the sublease of 16,190 square feet of industrial space at 502 Incentive Drive.

Diana Parent represented both the lessor, Wayne Partnership LLP, and the lessee, Princeton TMX LLC, in the lease of 3,867 square feet of office space at 110 W. Berry St., Suite 1500.

Troy Reimschisel represented the seller, RIMS LLC, in the sale of office space at Park Lake Office Condos, 2478 Lake Ave.

Downey represented both the lessor, Barry Knoll LLC, and the lessee, Clawson Communications Inc., in the renewal of a lease of 7,200 square feet of industrial space at 3406 Metro Drive.

Kendallville shop

continues doughnut dynasty

Kendallville has a new, exclusive doughnut shop with the recent opening of Tasty’s Donuts LLC at 441 W. North St.

Operated by Andrew Taing, Tasty’s offers carryout orders for people on the run, as well as comfortable seating for customers to use as they relax, drink their coffee and enjoy their donuts, which are freshly made onsite.

Taing comes from a doughnut dynasty based in Fort Wayne which began when his uncle purchased a Tom’s Donuts franchise in 1988 and opened a store at the corner of Wells Street and State Boulevard in Fort Wayne. Taing’s parents both worked at his uncle’s doughnut shop, and as a child he spent a lot of time there.

Taing’s fiancée, Crystal Brooks, works the sales counter along with the help of three part-time employees. Future plans are to have expanded hours and outside seating in the summertime. A Tasty’s Donut truck also will be added in the future so the store can deliver large or bulk doughnut orders to area businesses.

ARCH seeks nominations

ARCH is accepting nominations from the public for its annual Archie Awards and endangered buildings list until March 6.

Since 1977, ARCH has recognized the preservation efforts of individuals and institutions in Allen County each year. Members of the public are encouraged to send nominations for outstanding preservation work. Any nominated project must have had exterior restoration work that is visible to the general public, have been completed in the past calendar year, and must be located in Allen County. Awards recognize outstanding single family, multifamily and commercial restoration projects as well as organizational or institutional projects that have shown exceptional preservation efforts.

ARCH is also accepting nominations for this year’s endangered buildings list for Allen County. This list, maintained since 1992, draws awareness to historic structures in Allen County that are threatened by neglect, vacancy, changing use or new development.

To nominate a project for an Archie Award, or a building for the endangered list, send the information to ARCH at akern@archfw.org or mail it to 818 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Award recipients and the 2017 endangered buildings list will be announced in May.

Second Belle Tire opens

Belle Tire opened its second location in Fort Wayne, at 6040 Lima Road.

The family-owned business, founded in 1922 and based in Michigan, opened its first Fort Wayne store in December at 6320 Illinois Road. The tire retailer has nearly 100 locations in Michigan, northern Ohio and Indiana, offering 250,000 name brand tires in stock and a full menu of auto services.

The new 10,000-square-foot store includes 10 service bays, two full-alignment pits and a warehouse. The store manager is Dustin Young.

Hearts, wax paintings

on tap at Orchard Gallery

“Beeswax & Baskets by Ruth Koomler” and “Valentine Hearts by Many Artists” will be on display through February at the Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, 6312-A Covington Road.

Koomler will do a demonstration of encaustic painting, which uses wax, from 11 am. to 3 p.m Feb. 11.

For more information, visit theorchardgallery.com

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