Progress & Industry: Brandon sees uptick in multi-family building in 2018

Jamie Hult, Staff writer
Residential construction continues this winter in Brandon’s new Aspen Harbor development. Jill Meier/File photo

lthough commercial building permits in Brandon dipped in 2018, the city saw an uptick in multi-family dwelling permits compared to previous years. 
The city issued 432 building permits in 2018, adding up to a total valuation of $15.5 million, compared to 438 permits in 2017, which fielded $19.6 million, and 433 in 2016 that reached $20.9 million.
On the homefront, construction of multi-family dwellings in Brandon is on the rise.  
In 2018, the city issued 49 residential building permits, compared to 44 in 2017. 
Thirty-nine went to single-family homes and 10 to multi-family dwellings, for a total valuation of $9 million.
New multi-family housing last year consisted of six twin homes, two 3-plexes and two 4-plexes.
Brandon saw just four new multi-family units in 2017, and seven in 2016.
City building inspector Paul Clarke sees the trend continuing in 2019.
“With incoming new businesses like the Arby’s restaurant and new buildings being built and planned for the industrial parks, those businesses will need local employees, who will need residential housing here in Brandon,” he noted.
Requests for single-family housing, however, may be on the decline. With 39 on the list, the city saw the fewest number of new homes in the last three years. Forty new single-family homes were permitted in 2017 and there were 48 in 2016. 
Residential construction totaled $8.2 million in 2017 and $13.2 million in 2016.
Oakland Homes will continue single-family construction at Aspen Harbor in 2019. Planned for around 30 homes, the lakefront development gained its first four completed homes in 2018, and developer Justin Oakland began construction on three more last year.
“2018 was a good year. Building permits are steady; growth is consistent,” Oakland said.
He plans to add another six completed homes to Aspen Harbor in 2019 and break ground on Twin Rivers Crossing, a 48-acre development east of Sioux Boulevard.
Plans are to embark on phase one – the first 12 acres – this year, by extending Birchwood Circle and Chapelwoood Drive to intersect with Tracy Drive.
Oakland will begin bidding the project this winter and break ground this spring, weather permitting.  
Valley Springs housing stays steady
Building in Valley Springs in 2018 was on par with previous years, while total valuations of permits dipped slightly from 2017.
The city issued five single-family home building permits in 2018 for a total valuation of $492,462, compared to four single-family permits in 2017 at $378,742.
Valley Springs approved 32 requests for residential remodels at $236,512 in 2018. The previous year, the city had 29 remodels totaling $267,552.


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