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David Constant welds a beam on the south side of the construction site for the Wesleyan Church on Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell. The $4 million project is expected to be done by this summer and will house a sanctuary that can hold 600 people. (Chris Huber/Republic)

Local building records eclipsed

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In 2012, Mitchell broke its records for the value of building-permitted projects and fees collected.

With final numbers now in, the city issued 180 permits for the construction of or additions to buildings, with a total construction value of $34,396,042. The previous high value, set in 2011, was $23,811,151.

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The number of permits was the thirdhighest in city history, falling short of the record 202 issued in 2005 and the 186 issued in 2006, according to online city records.

The city had six months -- April, May, June, October, November and December -- in which more than $1 million in projects received permits.

The highest total was in May, when permits for $15,916,877 in projects were issued. That month's total alone is more than was issued in each of three past years -- 2006, 2008 and 2009 -- and just slightly less than was issued in 2007.

The city collected building permit fees of $89,041.50 in 2012. The previous high was $80,827 in fees collected last year.

City Building Inspector John Hegg said while roof and building replacements and repairs after the May 5 hailstorm played a part, that's not the main story about the building boom. Permits are not required for residential repair projects, he said.

"There's a lot of big projects that contribute," Hegg said.

The biggest was Mitchell Technical Institute's new Trades Center, a $15.7 million project that received a permit in May.

Other major projects this past year were the new Mitchell Wesleyan Church, a $2.86 million project; an AKG expansion, which was valued at $2.45 million; and a $1.5 million expansion for Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Bryan Hisel, executive director of the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mitchell Development Corp., said Mitchell has remained economically vital as other regions around the nation have struggled. These numbers just validate that again, Hisel said.

He said the business created by the storm repairs was the silver lining in a dark cloud.

"There's major economic impact from that kind of destruction," Hisel said.

Building permits in Mitchell

Year Total Value

2012 ..............180................$34.3 million

2011 ..............178................$23.8 million

2010 ..............174................$21.1 million

2009 ..............138................$15.3 million

2008 ..............162................$12.9 million

2007 ..............158................$16.2 million

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