New housing starts surge in Volusia County

Builders in Volusia County picked up the pace in June, starting the most new homes in a single month since before the Great Recession.

In Volusia, builders were issued 295 permits for new homes last month, the most since March 2006.

The increase in housing starts is being driven by dozens of developments where new homes are being built.

Minto Communities received the next highest number of permits for new homes in June: 41, all at its planned 6,600-home 55-and-older Latitude Margaritaville community on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95, in Daytona Beach.

As of July 3, Minto has now sold 385 new homes at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach in only eight months, with 64 completed, said Bill Bullock, who oversees the company’s Latitude Margaritaville division. “Still at nine starts per week,” he said of the pace of new home construction at the community, which will stretch north to State Road 40 upon full buildout.

At Mosaic, the all-ages “full life” community going up immediately south of Latitude Margaritaville, west of LPGA Boulevard, between Champion Elementary School on the north and Father Lopez Catholic High School on the south, ICI Homes had more than two dozen homes under construction as of Monday.

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