Michigan’s residential building is nowhere near where it was at its 2004 peak, but in Shelby Township and across the state, the signs of recovery are unmistakable.
For visual proof, simply drive through new subdivisions in Shelby Township, such as Preston Pines, and you will see builders are once again pouring basements, building frames and hanging for sale signs on single-family homes and condominiums.
By the numbers, home building is picking up Michigan, with nearly 7,800 permits issued as of September—a 32 percent increase over last year, according to the Home Builders Association of Michigan.
And in Shelby Township, the number of residential home permits requested for 2012—261 has already surpassed the total for 2011, which was 257.
Although the numbers pale in comparison to the 881 permits requested in Shelby Township in 2004, even more movement for next year is on the rise.
At last Tuesday’s Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, a previously tabled proposal for a 10-lot subdivision on West 25 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue was approved.
"This project may look a little familiar because it was before you a few years ago but the project was not completed due to the decline in the housing market," Shelby Township Planning Director Glen Wynn told the Board of Trustees.
No lots will be cleared on the 5.6-acre site in Shelby Pines and no homes will be built until the Shelby Township Planning Committee reviews the final plans, according to Wynn.
The Home Builders Association of Michigan projects that across the state this year, approximately 10,400 new homes will be completed. While this number is up from the 8,001 recorded in 2011, it is only a fraction of the 44,782 homes built in 2004.