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A building boom

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

The estimated value of property improvements going on this year in Rugby is approaching $2.5 million – more than double last year’s figure, according to building permit records kept by the city of Rugby.

To date this year, 19 permits have been issued totaling $2,471.350, and that figure could sharply increase with plans for a large housing unit to be built later this year.

A majority of that $2.4 million, $1.8 million, is tied to the construction of North Star Community Credit Union’s new branch along U.S. Highway 2. However, there are several other large projects. A twin home being built by Doug Schneider is valued at $200,000; construction of a residential house by Wes Miiller is at $150,000; remodeling of the former Dave Standard filling station into the 3rd Street Station Bar and Grill by Dave Corum is valued at $100,000; and construction of a Farmers Union Insurance office building by Elvin Anderson is figured to be $80,000.

Most of the permits are for smaller projects, such as garages and storage sheds on residential lots.

With five months remaining in the year, the city is on pace to surpass the 31 permits issued in 2008.

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