Watertown home show opens in new home with 60 exhibitors

Eric Vanderlan, right, owner of N.V. Landscaping, installs tiles during Thursday afternoon set up of his booth at the 40th annual North Country Home Show at Watertown Municipal Arena. This marks the first major event at the newly renovated facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Eric Vanderlan, right, owner of N.V. Landscaping, installs tiles during Thursday afternoon set up of his booth at the 40th annual North Country Home Show at Watertown Municipal Arena. This marks the first major event at the newly renovated facility. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Phillip N. Reed, executive director of the Northern New York Builders Exchange, is ready to roll out the 40th North Country Home Show as the first major event in the renovated Watertown Municipal Arena. [Read more…]

DPOA, organizations will have to obtain vendors for arena

Foundation President Joseph L. Rich was surprised to find out Thursday morning that the Disabled Persons Action Organization will have to get its own concession stand vendor for its May 24 Kenny Rogers concert at the renovated Watertown Municipal Arena. [Read more…]

Building activity shows uptick in ’13

After a somewhat sluggish 2012, construction activity in the Watertown area has picked up through the first half of 2013 but still lags in comparison to the past five years, building permits show.

Total declared value in construction permits filed in the City of Watertown Bureau of Code Enforcement, including new structures, additions, alterations, repairs and maintenance, totaled 3,278,356 over the first two quarters of 2013, while that figure was 1,942,067 through the first half of 2012. Total declared construction value for 2012 reached just 16,326,074, down about 63 percent from a high over the last five years of 43,882,327 in 2011.

Major projects including renovations at Samaritan Medical Center and the construction of the Creek Wood Apartments off Mill Street contributed to the spikes in the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

So far in 2013, the largest single building project in declared value according to permits filed was the addition of a 60-by-100-foot shell at 1340 Washington St., North Country Neurology, valued at $800,000. The practice expanded from about 3,600 square feet to just over 10,000 square feet to accommodate an expanding pool of clients and additional neurologists, a project begun in late spring and completed this fall by Lunco Corp., Carthage, which also designed and built the original structure. [Read more…]