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Building Continues To Boom In Sioux Falls

January 8, 2014, 6:00 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Building Continues To Boom In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The City of Sioux Falls continues to grow.

Today City officials announced that the record's been broken for building projects in 2013, and what we can look forward to this year.

Sioux Falls has been referred to as a "boom town" in recent years, building stats from the last year support that theory.

"The total construction value was a record. The total number of new housing units was a record. We even set a record for the total number of permits. So 2013 was a really good year," Mike Cooper with City Planning and Building Services said. 

About $588-million was spent on construction permits in 2013. That was split 50/50 between residential and commercial properties, which is something new for the city.

"What was unique last year as well is we also set a record for total new housing units, of just over 2,000. That includes single family homes, apartment units and town homes," Cooper said. 

Apartment building is another new trend. Apartment permits actually outnumbered the number of single family homes.

Darrin Smith with Community Development says a new housing model will change the look of the area.

"Residential units, or dwellings or structures that are not going to be rental. They're going to be owned. Much like many of us own our own homes, you're going to start seeing that taking place downtown, and that's really something we haven't had in a significant way," Smith said. 

Another area that will see some big changes is the Northwest part of town.

There are already plans to build two new convenience stores, more housing, plans for Wal-Mart development, and a few new hotels.

"If you look at the northwest quadrant, that's probably changing the most. It may not be the fastest growing area now, but it's probably the one that's changing the quickest," Cooper said. 

Some other big projects for next year will include building at Avera and Sanford.

The school district tops the list, with about $60 million in construction projects.

Though they wouldn't say what exactly, the City did hint at the possibility of some very big businesses coming to town in the next few years.

"They would be game changing-type projects, much like CitiBank was for Sioux Falls in the financial services industry, these would be in some other industries," said Smith.

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