New home construction up in October; Milford leads region

BY Natalie Missakian

The city of Milford continues to outpace the region when it comes to new housing units, as construction of new homes, condos and apartments picked up statewide in October, new state housing permit figures show.

Across Connecticut, 104 cities and towns authorized 507 new housing units in October, up from 452 in October 2016, and the highest activity of any month so far this year, according to data released by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

In New Haven and Middlesex counties, Milford led for the second month in a row with 16 new units, followed by Clinton with 13. Norwalk posted the most new housing activity in the state, with 238 permits.

But even with October's uptick, new home-building activity for the first 10 months of 2017 is still behind last year, with 3,198 permits issued, compared to 3,696 during the first 10 months of 2016, the figures show.

Most of the permits issued in October were for buildings with five or more units, at 324, followed by single-family dwellings, at 166, according to the data.

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