Commercial development on rebound

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New development is picking up in northern Johnson County.

Businesses invested about $20 million in the construction of new commercial buildings in Greenwood last year, or about four times more than the previous year and the highest amount since 2009, according to the city’s annual building permit report. They also spent $33.3 million on renovation projects, such as remodeling before moving into strip malls or offices, and that’s the most for Greenwood in at least five years.

Most of the growth last year took place in northern Johnson County, particularly Greenwood. Franklin issued no building permits for new commercial buildings last year, according to its planning department.

Johnson County issued eight permits for new commercial buildings last year, including a youth center at a Nineveh church, a maintenance facility at a Center Grove area church and a new office on Old State Road 37.

The county issued roughly the same number of permits in 2011 and previous years.

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