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Dave Olson, Published February 22 2013

Construction activity up 34 percent in F-M metro over 2011

FARGO – The value of all construction activity in Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo grew by $195 million in 2012, a 34 percent increase over 2011, numbers released this morning by the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead show.

The value of all housing construction went up 38 percent last year and the total number of housing starts increased from 612 in 2011 to 945 in 2012, a 35 percent increase.

Single-family construction hit its highest level since 2005 with a total of 760 permits.

West Fargo more than doubled its housing permits, while Fargo and Dilworth saw 25 percent and 6 percent increases respectively in 2012.

Moorhead’s total housing starts dropped from 105 in 2011 to 87 in 2012, but the number of permits to build twin-homes, which is part of those numbers, doubled in 2012.

“This is the best overall year-end permit report that we have seen before 2008, when the nation began experiencing its economic troubles and the F-M area was seeing repeated flooding issues,” said Darrick Guthmiller, HBA president,

Guthmiller released the permit numbers during set up for the opening of the 52nd annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show at the Fargodome, which is a sold out event this year as far as number of vendors.

See Saturday’s Forum for more details.