JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin ends the fiscal year logging more than $200 million in construction projects. The total adds up to $238 million in 12 months that ended October 31st. That is less than half the total from 2012. City officials say last year saw unusually high numbers due to the tornado recovery, and that 2013 is still well ahead of the yearly average. They add federal grants means the city will continue to see changes in the next few years.
"Over the next three to seven years, this community is going to continue to evolve, to see some substantial changes in its appearance and its look," said Nick Heatherly, Joplin Public Works Director.
There were 1, 276 permits filed in the last year. 219 of those were commercial while nearly 900 were residential projects.
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