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New housing designation in Columbia County likely to raise new home prices

...140,000s, he said.In addition, Ivey said the county's higher stormwater utility fees, increasing labor and building material costs and additional federal regulations are making home building more costly."I think we're going to see a...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-07-20/new-housing
US retail sales dropped 3 percent in June, as Americans spend less on cars, clothes and furniture

...in June, after an increase of 0.7 percent in May.Spending at restaurants and bars, slipped 0.2 percent. Building material sales fell 1.3 percent. Online and catalog retailers had a 0.4 percent drop in sales.Sales at auto dealers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-07-14/us-retail-sales-dropped-3-
Owners of Marshall Square retirement resort intend to rebuild

...Guidelines for assisted living facilities are much stricter, according to the NFPA manual. Unless fire-resistant building materials are in place, wood construction is only allowed when large facilities are limited to a single story. Structures...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-07-07/owners-mars
US economy on mend after harsh winter hits 1st quarter

...activity.Sales at retail stores and restaurants jumped 1.2 percent in May, as shoppers spent more on clothes, building materials and furniture.Consumers are also willing to spend more on major purchases, potentially a sign of growing confidence...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-06-24/us-economy-mend-after-hars
Boxcar used to bury steel waste storage building at Savannah River Site

...SRNS used excess wooden pallets from across the site that were slightly contaminated to secure and place the steel building material inside the boxcar.The boxcar and 18,500 square yards of wall and roofing material and 60,000 pounds of steel...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-05-29/boxcar-used-bury-steel-waste-
Spring awakening: US consumer spending rose in March

...sharply in the month.Consumers, encouraged by warmer weather, pushed up sales of autos, furniture, clothing and building materials during the month.With spending outpacing income growth in March, the saving rate declined to 5.3 percent of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-30/spring-awakening-us-consum
Augusta Historic Preservation approves RAM Construction Group's plan for 2 new single-family homes in Olde Town

...in the neighborhood. City guidelines state that new construction must be compatible in size, scale, form and building materials used on the block and in the district. Features, including the roof, windows, driveways and setbacks, must...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-05-18/new-home-co
Apartment rezoning decision postponed

...maximum density is set at seven units per acre. The item was unanimously approved by planning commissioners, with building material and buffer restrictions.Both items must go before the full commission at its May 19 meeting for final approval...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-05-04/apartment-r
Rants & Raves

...of Islam. PEOPLE NEED TO BE aware of the Habitat Restore in Augusta and Aiken. This is a great store to recycle building materials. I was at Sample and Sons on Columbia Road dumping used landscape timbers. If I could have reached the interior...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-01-31/rants-raves
Home Depot 4Q tops Street on holiday; OKs $18B buyback

...stores are counted.Strength was seen in categories such as tools, lumber, millwork, lighting, da©cor, building materials, kitchen, bath and hardware, according to Ted Decker, executive vice president of merchandising.Like other...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/home-depot-4q-tops-street-