The harsh winter weather is taking a toll on many aspects of the Rapid City Community and construction is one of them.
Brett Limbaugh, director of community planning, says construction on new buildings throughout Rapid City has slowed. Limbaugh says the frozen ground and cold weather have kept construction projects from kicking off. City planners expect to see more building permits issued when the weather warms up.
According to a report released by the City, the Building Services Division issued 37 residential permits in March for both single family homes and an apartment building. Commercial building permits that were issued includes a mini storage facility located at 2810 Eglin Street, a Big-D store at 251 Stumer Road, a Health and Wellness facility located at 2822 Jackson Boulevard, and a Prayer Park constructed by Trinity Lutheran at 405 Saint Joseph Street.
There 5,906 building permits issued last year, construction projects that were valued at $13,542. This year so far there have been 972, valued at $2,675.
The city's permit value is usually one to two percent of a buildings costs. But Limbaugh says building construction is not a huge revenue source for the City.