Home construction

New homes are seen April 16 in the Cottonwood Ranch subdivision in Casa Grande.

CASA GRANDE — Construction on new single-family homes in the Casa Grande area continues to increase despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Craig McFarland remarked to the Casa Grande City Council on Monday that the number of permits pulled for new homes this year has already surpassed the number of permits that were requested last year at this time.

The city had 79 requests for permits for new homes in June, bringing the total number of new-home permit requests for the calendar year up to 394, according to permit records listed on the city’s website. That’s a 49% increase in the number of permits for the month of June compared to last year, when 53 permits were pulled during the month. It’s also a 10% increase in the total number of permits pulled by June 2019.

The city had a total of 356 single-family home permits by June.

City Manager Larry Rains stated in an email that the city has seen an increase in the number of new housing permits for the last 18 months.

“There are a number of factors driving the housing market in Casa Grande,” he wrote. “The drivers include home prices, the number of individuals looking to purchase their first home or ‘moving-up’ in homes, the number of new jobs coming to Casa Grande, the lack of rental units or apartments, and the current home mortgage interest rates.”

Rains said it doesn’t look as if the COVID-19 pandemic has had any impact on the construction of homes in the city and he expects the number of new-home permits to remain consistent for the rest of the city’s fiscal year, which ends in June.