Tompkins County posts highest-ever total for new home construction

A lot has been said about the county’s affordable housing crisis. This is a step in the right direction.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, communities in Tompkins County granted construction permits for 805 units in 2018, a new record in both per capita production and overall total. The sum of 805 units surpasses the previous highs of 659 and 632 set in 1994 and 1987 respectively (1994 can be mostly attributed to Kendal at Ithaca’s original 420 units of housing, while 1987 was a more typical mix of projects).

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