In a year with lots of bad news, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters was glad of the county’s latest accomplishment: reaching $1 billion in building permit value.

“We just hit the $1 billion mark” Oct. 12, Peters said.

The county surpassed $1 billion in permits by Aug. 27 last year. That’s compared to nearly $1.02 billion reached in November 2018 and $1.03 billion in December 2017, the first year the county reached that mark.

While Ruoff Home Mortgage no longer plans to make the $43.5 million investment in a new corporate headquarters on a vacant lot at the southwest corner of Ewing Street and Jefferson Boulevard, Allen County still has plenty of other projects going on. Ground was broken Oct. 13 for a $6.5 million project to create a 150,000-square-foot shell building at 8645 Aviation Drive near Fort Wayne International Airport. Adaptive Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Huntertown, plans to begin construction on a new 10,000-square-foot technology and product development center this fall.

Technology improvements to allow permits to be filed online outside of office hours has helped boost the numbers in recent years.

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