SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The amount of building in South Dakota's largest city is on a record pace.
The city has permitted $200 million worth of construction so far this year. It is the earliest the city has ever reached that benchmark. The previous record was the end of May in 2007.
City officials say the next-highest construction valuation on record at the end of April was $138 million in 2005.
Chief Building Official Ron Bell says some large commercial projects and construction of hotels, apartments and condominiums is behind this year's high number.
Planning and Building Services Director Mike Cooper says it's a response to increases in population and employment and an expanding economy.
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