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Building official says Longview commercial activity tremendous so far in 2014

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Halley Fuller moved to Longview in 1943 when there were 13,000 people living here, and the city hadn't stretched north of U.S. Highway 80.

"Trees was all that was out past 80," Fuller says.

Not anymore.

"I call it Boomtown! Boomtown, USA," he says.

In parts of the city, it does look like a boomtown built from scratch. Assisted living, multi-family housing and rehabilitation centers are sprouting along this stretch of east Hawkins parkway that opened earlier this year.

A drive down Loop 281 takes people past soon-to-open restaurants like Golden Corral and Raising Cane's. Dean Snyder works for Kilgore-based McKinnon Construction, which is doing foundation work at golden corral and a new warehouse being built at the city's business park.

Snyder says he's seen consistent work in Longview and Tyler.

"I like to see people moving,Fuller says, and they're on the go all the time."

Longview city Building Official Skip Whittle agrees, and he says commercial construction activity has been tremendous through the first half of 2014.  That means more money for the city -- both in higher property valuations and in construction permit fees.  Fuller says that benefits him and everyone living in the city.
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