Construction permits in Dickinson up 147 percentConstruction permits in Dickinson are up 147 percent over last year's record for the city that has seen momentous expansion from oil development.
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Construction permits in Dickinson are up 147 percent over last year's record for the city that has seen momentous expansion from oil development.
North Dakota Association of Builders statistics show that Dickinson has issued more than $300 million worth of construction permits in the first 11 months of 2012. The largest sector of growth has been in commercial structures, followed by single-family housing.
City planner Ed Courton tells the Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/VjObTF) that rapid growth in the commercial sector is likely for the next few years.
The state's largest city, Fargo, saw an increase of 21 percent in permitted construction.
Williston, which is considered the hub of the oil patch, had the highest permit values of any North Dakota city. It topped $418 million in permits as of Nov. 30.