Dells sees $9.4M in construction in 2013
January 09. 2014 2:01PM
The City of Dell Rapids saw $9.4 million in construction activity in 2013, one of the largest construction years in city history.
City Administrator Justin Weiland said Dell Rapids was a hub for local contractors throughout 2013 with multiple new buildings going up across town, including new homes, businesses and residential and commercial additions.
Weiland said the $9.4 million of construction in 2013 was a big jump from the $4.14 million in building permits issued in 2012, but cautioned that construction might taper off a bit in 2014.
“I can’t predict that we’re going to have as big of year as we had this year, with totally redesigning that intersection at Highway 115 and 4th Street, and then the grocery store going up all in one year,” he said. “It was kind of a banner year.”
In all, City Hall issued 130 building permits in 2013. The largest private construction project was the 35,000-square-foot grocery store on west 10th Street built by County Fair Foods for $2.4 million. Other big projects were the $1.3 million Casey’s General Store and the $300,000 Family Dollar building, both located near the Dell Rapids Fire Hall.
Dell Rapids saw 15 new homes built in 2013, up slightly from the 11 new homes built in 2012.
“We’ve been nice and steady. If you look back to the 2000 census, we’ve just had a nice, steady growth,” he said. “We are right in that wheel house of between 10 and 20 new homes a year.”
Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jacqueline Nemmers said the addition of new businesses, coupled with the expansion of two Dell Rapids’ commerce staples like Lewis Family Drug and County Fair Foods, make this an exciting time for Dell Rapids.
“We have a lot of good attributes to this town, and I think the large growth and expansion shows that,” she said. “It shows growth in the community, that there is an investment in the community. People should want to stay and come to raise their families.”
Nemmers said with more goods and services available in Dell Rapids than there were even a year ago, the city coffers should see an influx as well.
“I think there is an opportunity to have some of that money stay here that previously might have gone to Sioux Falls,” she said. “I’ve noticed just going to the store that there is traffic there that you didn’t see at the smaller store before.”