2/15/2013 11:04:00 AM CF building permits soar to $6.67 million in 2012
by Ken Haggerty
After two consecutive years of the least building permit activity in the previous two decades, construction activity soared in the city of Cannon Falls in 2012.
The City's building permit activity report showed 117 permits with a total valuation of $6,674,000 for building permits in 2012, up from $1.472 million in 2011 and $1.094 million in 2010. In the previous ten years before the real estate market collapse, building permit valuations had averaged $8.4 million annually.
There were still just three permits for new single family residential units issued in 2012, but that was up from zero in 2011. The permits totaled about $700,000. That market collapsed starting in 2008 and 2009 when only three permits were issued each year. In 2010, the only single family permit issued was a CFHS student-built home. This year, the class built a home on Union Court, near the west entrance to the Fairgrounds. Leon and Paulette Hanson built a home off of Hwy. 20 on the north side. John and Donna Lindahl replaced their old home on North 7th Street near John Burch Park with a modular home.
From 1990 to 2007, 307 single family homes were built in Cannon Falls, about 17 a year.
For the fifth straight year, there were no permits for new residential condos, twin homes or multi-unit apartments issued (outside of senior housing). From 1990 to 2007, 146 of these type of permits were issued.
Five large commercial and public projects accounted for most of the year's total project valuation.
Gemini built a warehouse with a project valuation of $1.5 million on its north side campus. They discussed building a second warehouse in 2013 during the 2012 permitting process.
Lorentz Meats has a permit with a valuation for $1.3 million for an addition to its processing facility in the industrial park on the north end. Lorentz has also discussed further expansions.
Cannon Power Sports has permits totaling $895,000 for a new warehouse and showroom that it has built at its location next to the Saratoga Motel, just off of Hwy. 52.
The City's new Library has a permit valuation of $825,000.
Banks Outdoors/Strike Tool added a new building to their location just off Hwy. 52 on the south end with a valuation of $350,000.
Three other large commercial projects by Cannon Equipment, Dr. Karl Molenaar and Casey's Retail Company got underway in the fourth quarter of 2012 with small initial permits, but will have the main valuation of their projects recorded in 2013. Cannon Equipment had a demo permit for $10,000 in 2012, but has pulled over $220,000 for remodeling permits in 2013 as it relocates work and workers from a facility it is closing in Rosemount to its facility off of Hwy. 17 in Cannon Falls.
Molenaar had a $56,000 permit valuation for a foundation for his new clinic near Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 86 in 2012, but has over $600,000 for construction permits in 2013.
Casey's had a $46,000 valuation for its first permit in 2012, but has additional permitting for $465,000 in 2013 for a new convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 19.
Oxford Senior Funds, LLC, had a permit for $70,000 for a remodel. The company runs the Twin Rivers Senior Campus on Hwy. 19, a converted condominium complex.
Doug Gilbertson had a permit for $30,000 issued in 2012 for a plant food storage project at the Cannon AgriCenter.
There were only two residential projects (remodels, additions, renovations, garages) that exceeded the $30,000 permit valuation level. The bulk of the residential activity was for roofing, remodeling and siding projects valued at $10,000 and less.
Cannon Falls Economic Development director Dave Maroney says that he thinks 2012 should show more construction activity, especially on the commercial front, with some new proposals in the works for the industrial park. The Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Cannon Falls new hospital and clinic is supposed to break ground this Spring, as is the Hwy. 52 interchange, overpass and associated roads.