Pandemic creates a construction boom in Milton – The Patriot Ledger

MILTON — When the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to most everyday activities, Building Commissioner Joseph Prondak said he expected construction in town to slow down.

In fact, it has had the opposite effect, Prondak told the select board Wednesday night.

Permit fees collected by his office have risen from $1.1 million during the year that ended last June 30 to $1.3 million during this budget year, with three more weeks to go in the year, the highest level in several years.  The estimated value of all the construction is $70 million.

“It’s pretty clear the market remains strong,” Prondak said.

Permits for only 20 new homes were taken out during this budget year, but there was a lot of pandemic-related construction. he said.  There were 150 residential additions, along with renovations of attics and basements to serve as either home offices or playrooms.  A number of new swimming pools were also built.

June 11, 2021 Harry Hall