Lufkin commercial construction defies bad economy

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The city of Lufkin spent $163 million dollars in commercial construction last year.

The five projects in 2008 included the Memorial Hospital Cardio Vascular Stroke Center, creating room at the Memorial Hospital for Dr. Mangla, interior remodels at Memorial, a VA Outpatient Clinic and the Marriott Hotel.

The city said they were not expecting to do this well, and they would still like to see more affordable housing built. They said all the construction is great since the city is a regional hub.

"I've been a little bit surprised myself that the city of Lufkin, our construction has done real well over the last year,"  said City of Lufkin Certified Building Official, Dale Allred.

He credited the good news to long-range planning. He said contractors planned the projects before the economy went sour and now they are ready to build.

He said the future looks bright.   Once the construction in south Lufkin is finished, Allred said new road frontages will be open, creating a prime spot for more commercial projects.