Spending listed on permit applications are often bare-bone estimates because they are used to calculate permit-filing fees, industry executive say, and typically don’t include the cost of fitting out the apartments with flooring and appliances.
Russell Gittle, president of Total Kitchen Outfitters, said he had laid off nine employees who worked on landlord projects. Other contractors had gone out of business, he said.
“There are people you would meet on the job who are not there anymore, he said. “It is a disaster.”
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