Wed. 10:55 pm: Howland seeing increased commercial growth

HOWLAND – Between 2003 and 2006, Howland Township saw a boom in home construction and now, 10 years later, the township is seeing a boom in commercial construction.

Howland Planning Director Kim Mascarella and  Howland Zoning Administrator Peter Ross informed trustees and administrators that in the late 1990s and early 2000s, residential construction and improvements were “booming,” with less commercial growth.

They said during a recession period that followed from 2007 to 2012, there was a lull in construction of any kind until about three years ago when things switched, with commercial and business growth making up more of the valuations.

“We are seeing a trend. In 2003, which was pre-recession, there was a lot of single family dwellings constructed as well as any residential improvements and investments in homes such as swimming pools, fences and sheds. Now it is more commercial growth,” Mascarella said.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.