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A lofty recovery

After court battle, fixing Rivergate’s flaws may boost Durango’s economy
Rivergate Lofts in southeast Durango are going through a reconstruction project. The homeowners association is moving forward with a $16 million reconstruction effort after settling claims for building flaws both in court and out of court.
Cracks appear in the foundation of one of the Rivergate Lofts buildings in southeast Durango on Thursday. Repairing problems in the buildings is one of the major reasons why Denver-based general contractor Reconstruction Experts opened an office in Durango. “We plan to be here a long time,” said Reconstruction Expert Vice President Jeremiah Franks.
The parking area under the Rivergate Lofts has been closed during construction. Three units in the development will be completely or partially gutted. Most businesses in the development are expected to continue operating during construction.
Local construction permits looking up

The Rivergate Lofts reconstruction isn’t the only building project on the horizon locally. After a few slow years, county building permits are up in the first half of 2012.
The county issued 74 building permits for single-family homes this year, up from 62 at the end of July 2011. The 67 commercial building permits issued this year dwarfed the eight permits that had been issued at this point last year.
Meanwhile, the city has seen a decline in single-family building permits, but an uptick in commercial building permits.
At the end of June, the city had issued 10 single-family permits, down from 23 at the end of June 2011 and had issued four commercial building permits, up from one the year before.

A lofty recovery

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Rivergate Lofts in southeast Durango are going through a reconstruction project. The homeowners association is moving forward with a $16 million reconstruction effort after settling claims for building flaws both in court and out of court.
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Cracks appear in the foundation of one of the Rivergate Lofts buildings in southeast Durango on Thursday. Repairing problems in the buildings is one of the major reasons why Denver-based general contractor Reconstruction Experts opened an office in Durango. “We plan to be here a long time,” said Reconstruction Expert Vice President Jeremiah Franks.
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The parking area under the Rivergate Lofts has been closed during construction. Three units in the development will be completely or partially gutted. Most businesses in the development are expected to continue operating during construction.
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