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The residential building boom in Orchard Park was a little quieter in 2000 than in 1999, but housing construction was still slightly above average, according to the town building inspector's annual report.

Inspector Joseph Campion's report showed 95 building permits for single-family homes issued in 2000, down from 114 in 1999 but up from 88 in 1998. An average of 92 permits were issued during the five years prior to 2000.

Campion's figures also showed a drop in the average cost of the new single-family homes from $187,000 to $182,000.

The total value of the new homes dropped from $21.3 million to $17.3 million, or 19 percent.

The town did see an increase in commercial building, from $4 million to $8.3 million.

The overall value of new construction, according to permits issued, was $30.1 million, up 1.2 percent from $29.8 million in 1999. That total includes additions and alterations as well as new residential and commercial building.

Those totals are both lower than the previous three years, when the total hit a peak of $41.5 million in 1997 with the construction of the Quaker Crossing complex.

Assessor A. Terrance Campbell said construction should allow the town to continue the pattern it has maintained in recent years of adding about $20 million in increased assessments to the tax rolls.

The assessed value of the construction is lower than the permit value because properties are assessed using an equalization rate of 81 percent in Orchard Park.

Some commercial construction also was delayed going onto the tax rolls by tax incentives issued to encourage construction.

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