North Texas commercial construction contracts plummeted in March, falling 44 percent from a year ago, according to the latest McGraw-Hill Construction report.Contracts for future construction totaled $251 million, down from $446.9 million in March 2012, the report said.But residential contracts totaled $652.1 million, up 11 percent from a year ago. The housing market locally and nationwide has been rebounding for several months.Statewide, commercial construction contracts in March totaled $1.1 billion, down 2 percent from March 2012. Residential contracts totaled $2.2 billion, up 18 percent.Arlington property soldThe former Arlington Sporting Goods property on South Cooper Street, which has been vacant several years, has changed hands.The 8,700-square-foot building was bought by Safelite Auto Glass, which plans to open an auto glass repair shop in September.The property was sold by Asg Texas No. 1, a limited partnership of N3 Real Estate in Southlake.Asg bought the property in 2005. The business has been shuttered for several years.James Pangman of Pangman Commercial Realty represented the buyer.Architecture center eventLandscape designer Ange Harvey will join Joe and Tracy Self on Wednesday at the Center for Architecture to talk about how yard art is a reflection of personal passions and a shared culture.The talk, “Pink Flamingos & Painted Trees,” will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the center, 3425 W. Seventh St.Harvey explores the thoughts and dreams behind art landscapes.The program is free and open to the public.
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