Construction activity rebounding in HudsonConstruction activity in the city of Hudson is beginning to pick up after the slowdown that followed the financial crisis of the fall of 2008.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
Construction activity in the city of Hudson is beginning to pick up after the slowdown that followed the financial crisis of the fall of 2008.
“From Oct. 1 onward it has been pretty steady,” city Building Inspector David Gray said regarding building projects and planning for future construction.
Last year was the biggest year for construction in Hudson since 2007, Gray said, reporting a little over $24 million worth of residential, commercial and industrial construction.
Thirty-seven new single-family homes and duplex units were built in the city in 2011. Permits were also issued for 113 new multi-family units, including the 40-unit Comforts of Home building currently under construction.
Two new apartment buildings in the Heritage Greens subdivision made up the bulk of the multi-family units added last year.
Gray said commercial construction also is heating up.
Three businesses are in the process of moving into the Southside Center strip mall on Crest View Drive, including a new Northland Liquor store, an AT&T phone store, and a gold and silver exchange shop.
A cigar shop is moving into the former Citizens Bank building on Coulee Road, and a Bayport, Minn., bank is coming to a vacant building on the River City Center property in downtown Hudson.
The granddaddy of coming projects will be construction of the new Uline distribution center on Hanley Road at Hwy. 35, set to start this spring.