Construction trends in Grand Forks, N.D. have flattened or declined in most categories for the year 2015, according to notes compiled by city staff members. This is in contrast to the housing boom that the city experienced a few years ago. Grand Forks Herald staffer John Hageman drills down to the local construction industry and probes into the single family markets. He writes,
"While the number of building permits issued for both
single-family homes and commercial projects stayed relatively flat, townhome
and multi-family permits dropped from prior years that saw a surge of new
construction.Single-family home development remained steady with 113 permits,
up slightly from the 107 issued in 2014, 109 in 2013 and 106 in 2012.
Betty McDonald, executive officer of the Forx Builders Association, said there may be more home construction if more lots were available.McDonald noted major economic development projects like the Grand Sky unmanned aircraft technology park and the Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer plant will keep up demand for housing."