Joplin construction driven by large commercial projects
JOPLIN (AP) - Joplin has seen more than $1.1 billion in repairs and new construction since a May 2011 tornado devastated parts of the city.
While new homes and businesses in the tornado zone continue, large commercial projects are driving construction in the city this year.
The Joplin Globe reports building permit reports show the new Joe Becker Stadium, with a permit valued at $4.7 million, was the leading project in February.
A $4.4 million permit was issued in February for a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the tornado zone. In January, a $4.7 million permit was filed for the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism to replace one destroyed in the tornado.
The city issued 82 permits in February with a total construction value of $15.3 million.