Developers complain about delays in permits and inspections

Developers complain about delays in permits and inspections

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 6:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ground was broken Monday for another apartment building in Charlotte.

The SkyHouse is a planned 24-story, 336-unit apartment building at the corner of Church and 10th Streets.

With so many new apartments going up, some developers are complaining that there’s too much red tape when it comes to inspections and permits.

“It takes too long and time equals money,” said Ken Szymanski, the Executive Director of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

The group represents developers and owners of some 107,000 apartment units in the area.

“Our members say it’s at least $10,000 a day for every day that field inspections are being delayed unnecessarily,” Szymanski said.

One of the developers working on SkyHouse, Jim Borders, said there have been no problems so far but agrees getting permits and inspections done on time is key.

“It’s very important and out experience with Charlotte and the Building Department has been really good,” said Borders.

Among those attending the groundbreaking was Charlotte City Council member Greg Phipps, who said, “We’ve heard the concerns and are going to be acting on them.”

Phipps said the city and county have hired a consultant to review code enforcement issues.

“We’re sensitive to it and the city and the county are going to have to work on solutions to that whole issue,” Phipps said.

The county’s Building Development Commission has appointed a committee to study possible ways to improve efficiency. That committee will hold a public meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
 

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