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Westport Housing Construction Slowed in May, Down Compared to 2003

Housing construction in Westport slowed slightly in May from the month earlier and is down compared to 2003, the state Department of Economic and Community Development said today.

State housing activity also slowed in May compared to April, but unlike Westport, overall Connecticut activity is up year-to-date compared to last year, the department said.

The agency said Westport authorized 10 new housing units in May compared to 13 in April. Westport year-to-date in 2004 has authorized 44 new units compared to 50 in the same period in 2003.

The department said all Connecticut towns and cities authorized 942 new housing units, a 2.8 percent increase compared with 916 in May 2003.

In April, communities issued permits for 1,022 new housing units, up by almost 20 percent compared with April 2003, the department reported.

“It was an outstanding performance in April. I think it’s cooled down in May compared with April,” Kolie Sun, senior research analyst at DECD, told the AP.

For the year, the number of permits statewide is up 19.8 percent. Fairfield County saw a 31.8 percent jump, third behind New London and Middlesex Counties.

Hartford and Oxford led the state with 34 units each, followed by Bloomfield with 31 and Brookfield with 28.

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