Rapid City is seeing a building boom, which means more revenue for the city and continued growth on the outskirts of town, specifically the eastern edge.
Two of the largest projects behind the boom are the W-L Plastics industrial building on Dyess Avenue and the Elks Crossing Apartments off of Elk Vale Drive.
As February 28th, 66 new permits for single family homes were issued, compared to 179 for all of 2012. Building Inspection Division Manager Brad Solon says the increase in permits is something they usually see every couple of years. "Last year it was much lower, it was only about 13 million and then 2 years ago it was very high over fifty million, so for some reason the last couple of years there's been a fluctuation in the evaluation for permitted construction in January and February," Solon said.
The permit has not been officially issued yet, but a second Pizza Ranch location near the new Arby's at the southern end of 5th Street is in the works. There's also talk of 100 new housing lots opening to the south of Catron Boulevard and Enchanted Hills Drive