Off to a fast start in ’17

Sunday, April 16, 2017

High-value building projects are starting 2017 off to what could likely turn into a record-breaking year for new construction in Eau Claire.

By the end of March, the city had issued building permits for construction valued at $105.9 million — about 250 percent more than the same time in 2016.

“This has the makings of an unbelievable year, a record-breaking year,” said Mike Schatz, the city’s economic development administrator.

Although the number of building permits is similar — 630 so far this year versus 641 for the first three months of 2016 — the projected value of the new construction is much higher.

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