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Residential construction in Stratford saw a big increase in July.
Coun. Gary Clow, chairman of the planning committee, reports 24 new single-family dwellings were started before the end of the month.
That represents a 90 per cent increase in starts from July 2013. Those permits grew from $993,000 last year to $1.87 million this year.
The news for the year isn’t quite as good.
Housing starts year-to-date are down about nine per cent, with a total permit value of $8.6 million.