Grand Forks gears up for a summer of construction

Construction is expected to be booming in Grand Forks this summer despite a late start and a shortage of workers.

Cool spring weather kept snow and frost hanging around longer than usual and many contractors out of the ground until this month. A need for more workers could delay their projects even further.

Both the city’s Building Inspections Department and local companies are putting out the call for additional laborers.

As of April 30, the department had issued 21 permits for new construction for this year. The permits represent 121 units of new housing that include single-family homes, townhomes and apartment buildings.

To read about the demand and projects planned for the city, click here.

A comparison of building permits for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Permits issued this year are about average, but the city’s Building Inspections Department staff expects a sharp increase at May progresses. Graphic: Grand Forks Herald.

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