- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City issued building permits worth a record value during 2016 and further growth this year probably will depend on commercial developers.

Dale Tech, interim director for the city’s Community Planning and Development Services office, tells the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2ieLQZT ) that the city has potential to have another strong year in development.

In 2016, the city issued a total of 3,242 permits, with a record value of $320,054,359. That beat the 2011 record of $258,990,182.

Forty-nine permits exceeded $1 million in value. Last year marked the sixth consecutive year Rapid City has topped $200 million in the value of permits issued.

Tech says it’s difficult to project what the city can expect for 2017, but he says further growth will be dependent upon commercial developers and the choices they make.

“It really, truly is dependent upon commercial developers and the choices they make,” Tech said. “The city, at least community planning and development, does not really play any part in that decision.”

Building permits issued by the city in 2016 show a mix of new residential, private commercial and industrial projects.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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