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AREA CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS ROSE 11% IN SEPTEMBER

The value of new construction on the Niagara Frontier in September showed an increase for only the fourth time this year, the F.W. Dodge Division of The McGraw-Hill Cos. reports.

In Erie and Niagara counties, the value of all nonresidential and residential starts in September climbed 11 percent to $67.33 million from September 1995's $60.74 million.

Residential contracts jumped 16 percent to $28.81 million from $24.87 million, while nonresidential pacts rose 7 percent to $38.52 million from $35.86 million one year ago.

Through three quarters of 1996, total building was flat, dropping 0.4 percent to $553.1 million from $555.63 million.

Residential activity is up a strong 22 percent to $284.52 million from $233.57 million, but the value of nonresidential starts is off 17 percent to $268.57 million from $322.1 million.

Across New York State, the value of all nonresidential and residential starts is down 1.7 percent to $724.48 million from $736.88 million.

The value of residential starts in New York State was down 9 percent to $291.57 million from $319.94 million, while nonresidential activity is up 4 percent to $432.92 million from $416.94 million.

The state tracks a third category, nonbuilding, which includes such things as infrastructure improvements and airport renovation. During September, nonbuilding activity across the state was up 2 percent to $287.39 million from $281.36 million.

Through September, total building across the was up 6.5 percent to $7.4 billion from $6.95 billion in 1995.

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