Olympia and Lacey continue to show solid but unspectacular construction growth this year, according to mid-year building permit data released by the cities’ public works departments.

Olympia issued building permits for nearly $44 million worth of construction in July, a drop from permits for nearly $55 million issued by the end of July 1999 but still above all other months this year and hovering slightly ahead of 1998 as well.

During all of 1999, the city issued permits for construction totaling $89.3 million, slightly below its 1998 figure of nearly $95.3 million. That figure was nearly double the 1997 construction total of $45 million.

Thus far this year, Olympia has issued permits for some $27.8 million in new and remodeled commercial improvements, $13.3 million for residential homes and remodels, well below the $45. 3 million in commercial projects and $39.8 million in residential dwelling unit permits last year. The city’s biggest projects for the month were a $650,000 Olympia Midas Muffler shop at 108 Kenyon St. N.W., the $380,000 Columbia State Bank at 2820 Harrison Ave. NW., and the $370,000 Ensign Imaging Associates at 3417 Ensign Road NE.

The city has received nearly $839,000 in total school and city impact fees so far this year, about half of the 1999 total.

Lacey also is doing its best to keep pace with 1999, issuing $14.47 million in commercial—new or remodel—permits through July. Single-family residential totals hit $6.67 million, bringing permitted construction projects for the year to approximately $21 million, roughly half of the construction projects in its larger southern neighbor.

Some of the bigger projects in Lacey so far this year have been the $7.1 million St. Martin’s College Library, $373,000 remodel of the Town Square, a $2.1 million Helstrom/Vertical project, the $411,000 LeMay Recycle Center, $350,000 Commerce Business Center Building, $448,000 Bailey Berg office building and the $480,000 Richmond Systems office building.

Lacey has issued 302 building permits, 338 electrical permits, 119 mechanical permits and 107 plumbing permits—a total of 866 permits so far this year.

July was a good month for both Lacey and Olympia, with the value of new projects and redevelopments climbing above $65 million.