JOPLIN, Mo.— About $837 million has been spent on construction in Joplin since the May 2011 tornado, including starts on more than 1,100 new homes, according to city building permit data.
The figures include construction done throughout the city and are based on building permit statistics released periodically by the city. The latest numbers were for April through July, The Joplin Globe reported.
City data showed the city issued building permits totaling $104.6 million for fiscal year 2013 up to July. That follows a total of $554.8 million in permits in fiscal 2012 and $192.4 million in fiscal 2011, the vast majority of which were issued after the May 22 tornado that year, which damaged a large section of the city and killed 161 people.
More than two-thirds of the building permits for new homes since the tornado were issued in the tornado zone. However, since November 2012, 151 permits for new homes were issued, a significant slowing of home construction compared with fiscal years 2011 and 2012. In fiscal 2011, 441 permits for new homes were issued, almost all of those after the tornado; in fiscal 2012, 552 permits were issued.