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Published April 05, 2012, 10:08 PM

Grand Forks on Track for Another Record Construction Year

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks experienced a building boom last year, driven in part by construction of new apartments and a demand for more multi-family housing units.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks experienced a building boom last year, driven in part by construction of new apartments and a demand for more multi-family housing units.

That demand is continuing into this year and city planners are expecting to set another record.

"Everybody knows the weather has been great, so people are in the ground and going. And so I think it will continue, though, into the year," Building and Zoning Administrator Bev Collings said.

Construction is beginning earlier this year and the number of homes and apartment buildings already started has jumped from in past years. To date there have been 190 building permits issued, compared to 153 at this time last year.

"Revenue is a better indicator of construction than the number of permits," Collings said.

In 2011 the value of construction and revenue generated was the second highest in the history of the city.

Revenue through the end of March in 2011 was $131,348.32. The revenue to date is up 84 percent and is $241,581.65 right now.

"Easily surpass last year which was a very good and record year," Collings said.

But housing isn't the only area of growth so far this year.

The Sleep Inn was the only new hotel built in Grand Forks last year. But already this year the city has approved plans for two new hotels to be built along South 42nd Street.

"I would say 42nd, 32nd is pretty much filled up, but it's just where our next corridors will be. 42nd I think there's still some, South Washington down by the wellness center, the possibilities are there," Grand Forks Senior Planner Ryan Brooks said.

There have been 19 single family homes and townhouses started so far in 2012. Compare that with just four at this time in 2011 and two in 2010.

There are plans for 12 new apartment buildings already this year.

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