- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Spearfish continued to see high levels of construction in 2015, and 2016 is shaping up as another good year.

The city last year issued 458 building permits with a total value of just under $46.4 million, Chief Building Official Tom Paisley told the Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/1Pp9gEu ). That was down only slightly from the record year of 2014, when the city issued 513 permits worth about $49.1 million.

“We did have another impressive year,” Paisley said.

One project that was completed was a $5.8 million facility built to replace a city-owned call center that collapsed during an October 2013 blizzard that dumped as much as 4 feet of snow on western South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Spearfish has seen its population rise more than 5 percent since the 2010 census, to more than 11,000 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The number of new single-family homes built in 2015 was up slightly, from 97 in 2014 to 103, and home construction is continuing this year.



“We have received six new house plans already this week and a few commercial alterations,” Paisley said. “We have also been in contact with a few architectural firms that are working on some exciting projects for 2016.”

Other cities in South Dakota also had good building years in 2015. The value of building permits in Rapid City was the third-highest in city history, at $219 million, and construction in Sioux Falls set a record, with building permits totaling more than $675 million.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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