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Construction Boom in Rochester

Posted at: 10/10/2012 5:14 PM
Updated at: 10/10/2012 5:28 PM
By: Gordon Severson

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It seems like everywhere you go in Rochester you run into construction.  While it's frustrating for drivers, construction workers couldn't be happier.
    
Economic experts say it's the best construction year since the recession.

"This will surpass the 2008 year which was the peak if you will, in terms of before the recession," says Gary Smith of Rochester Area Economic Development Incorporated.

With dozens of projects spread out across town, nearly $277 million worth of construction was permitted in 2012.

That’s $4 million dollars higher than 2008.

"I would expect next year to be even better than this year," Smith says.

Not only has Rochester seen more development and construction as of late, there’s also been a stronger emphasis on "hot spots".

Areas in the community where multiple businesses and attractions are being built side by side

"We have those concentrations of business where people are and where people want to be," says Chamber of Commerce President John Wade.

Areas like the 2nd street complex where four new businesses have already set up shop.

Across town you've got several shops and student housing beefing up downtown, the new Costco and Kwik Trip bringing more jobs to the Northwest side, and even the non-profits are getting in on the action.

"The Lourdes High School project is one of the bigger projects. There's Paws and Claws, the Boys and Girls Club. Those are some of the larger projects that are going on around town," Smith explains.

While the rest of the state and country is much slower to rebound, rochester is well on it's way to making a fully recovery from the recession.

"I don't know that we're fully recovered but i know the future is very bright based on the development and growth projections we see."

Many believe the 2012 construction season could've been even better.
    
A handful of projects were delayed due to permitting.

Those projects will most likely carry over into 2013.