Permits flat for housing in April report

April proved to be a flat month for housing permits in Connecticut, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday, but approvals are up by more than 15 percent so far this year.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development numbers, culled from U.S. Census figures, indicated that 336 housing permits were issued last month, virtually unchanged from the 337 reported a year earlier. But the 1,289 permits issued this year through April surpassed the 1,118 reported for the same period last year.

Permits through April were at the highest point since 2010. They were far lower, however, than during the boom years 2004-06, when permits averaged more than 2,500 annually.

There appeared to be a bit of a boom in April locally, however, with the state reporting that East Lyme issued 60 housing permits during the month - higher than for any other municipality in the state. The lion's share of the permits, according to the town's Chief Building Official Joseph D. Smith, were for 56 units at the Gateway Commons project off Interstate 95.

East Lyme's permit numbers so far this year are rivaled among reporting municipalities in the state only by Danbury, with 165 approvals, and Stamford, with 236.

Other local towns with double-digit approvals so far this year are New London, 11, and Norwich, 19.

l.howard@theday.com

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