HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – If you’ve lived in or visited Hermitage over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed growth.
Tim Horton’s, Planet Fitness and Chipotle are just some of the new businesses, and the city is still bustling, issuing nine building permits in January totaling $1,533,176.
“In January, typically not a very productive month for new construction and to have over $1.5 million permits with one in the industrial corridor and the others in the commercial area, is a good start,” said Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson.
The January permits do not reflect two other big projects: A new Kia dealership, plus Solar Atmospheres adding the largest commercial vacuum furnace in the world. Also, Samuel Stamping adding 17,600 square feet, and a new retail building in front of Lowe’s will have Five Guys burgers and a mattress store.
“From my perspective, if we can build inside instead of continuing to sprawl out, that’s a good thing,” said Hinkson. “We have some buildings that can be re-purposed and reused, and I think that’s what we’re doing here. We’re building inside.”
City manager Gary Hinkson said Hermitage will benefit in a couple ways. Adding to the real estate base helps the city and the school district. Plus, creating jobs means opportunities for people to choose living in Hermitage.
“We know that we have some things in the pipeline, so we’re going to have some more building permits,” Hinkson said. “Building permits that will add to the job total in the community.”
Hermitage issued fifteen building permits in January of 2015, six more than this January, but the dollar amount was much less.