SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The City of Sioux Falls broke its record for construction permits for the fifth straight year.
With more than $720 million dollars worth of new construction, the city surpassed its 2016 record by more than $18 million dollars by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
It happened when a permit was issued for Avera Health's new campus at 69th and Louise Avenue, a project valued at more than $25.5 million dollars.
"We are trying to do things to really enhance our quality of life, our economic development to make this a place to live, work and play at a level that we never could not imagine," Mayor Mike Huether said. "And I ultimately, I strongly believe that we have."
Avera said they expect to invest about $100 million dollars in the project, and the city, by the end of 2018.
"We're really proud to be able to do this, this year and to be able to make this investment in Sioux Falls," said Dick Molseed, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Governance at Avera. "It's a major regional investment for Avera -- the reason we're doing this is because Sioux Falls is a vibrant community. the growth demands that we respond."
Other developers have taken note too. The biggest project of them all? Win-Chill's announcement of a more than $32 million dollar facility in the newly announced Foundation Park, north of Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Other high-value projects this year included the new City Administration building, the multi-use 421 Jones building that will include apartments, restaurants and more downtown on Phillips Ave. and dozens of new housing developments.
"People are coming here to live, but they're also coming here to work," Mike Cooper of Sioux Falls Building and Planning Services said. "And everybody says, 'Well, how many more apartments are we going to build?' And this year we're still seeing strong demand for multi-family, but when you look at the numbers, it's almost a 50-50 split between single family townhouse and the rental units."
Other big permits issued in 2017 included the new Gage Brothers plant, the Lake Lorraine strip mall, the Holiday Inn hotel on West Russell Street and Sanford Health's Westside Center.
The city said it plans to make its more formal end-of-year announcements in a few weeks, as well as release its latest demographics and new population estimation.