Seven new houses valued at nearly $1.5 million are under construction in the Cypresswood Village subdivision leading the city of Orange building permits during April.
Also, the Orange African American History Museum has an $80,000 permit to remodel its building on Park Avenue. JackBuilt, the contractor that restored the Southern Pacific train depot, has been hired for the work.
The largest commercial permit was for $150,000 in remodeling at Northway Shopping Center for a new Family Dollar store.
Cypresswood Village subdivision is between Highway 87 South and FM 105. The seven houses are worth from $238,522 to $174,500 each.
The city had a total of $268,500 for five commercial permits, including the museum and the dollar store. The others were $12,500 to remodel at Northway Shopping Center for A Little Bit Gaudy, $20,000 for a new billboard on Interstate 10, and $5,000 for a fire suppression system at 1111 Green Avenue for Real Southern Cooking.
One permit for a residential add-on was issued for $30,895 for a house on Dawnwood Drive. In the other improvements to houses category, eight permits valued at a total of $209,700. The largest was valued at $175,000 for a house on North 16th Street.
Two houses had permits for new roofs valued at total of $16,600. In addition, two residential reroofing projects worth a total of $16,600 had permits, and two permits for garages or carports worth a total of $56,445 were issued.
A demolition permit in the commercial division was for 3110 16th Street, and a residential permit was issued for 708 Levingston.
Three houses are getting swimming pools valued at a total of $173,176. The pools are on Rosewood Drive, Fairway Drive, and Briarhill Avenue.