A building bonanza in Alexandria; projects top $31M in one month

The city has never hit the $100 million mark before, so 2022 will go in the books as the city's biggest construction year yet.

Heavy equipment on building site
Heavy equipment stands at the site of a 252,000 square-foot SunOpta warehouse that is being built near the Pilot Travel Center along State Highway 27 near Alexandria.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — Building is going bananas in Alexandria.
In the month of October alone, the Alexandria Building Department issued 89 permits for projects that are valued at $31.8 million.
The robust construction is keeping the building department very busy. Building Official Lynn Timm described it as "crazy town."
"I was hoping to be over $100 million by the end of the year — we’re already over $137 million in permitted value. Maybe we’ll get to $150 million?" she said.

Lynn Timm

The city has never hit the $100 million mark before, so 2022 will go in the books as the city's biggest construction year yet.
Compared to last year, building is off the charts. In 2021, the projects were valued at $70.9 million, which, at the time, were described as a building boom.
The projects in October cover a wide range of activity — commercial, institutional, single-family, roofing projects, additions, accessory buildings, siding, replacing windows and more.
The storms from this past summer had an impact. There were 46 re-roofing projects.
Here's a look at the biggest buildings projects of $200,000 or more that received permits in October:
New 242,000-square-foot warehouse for SunOpta at 2930 34th Ave. W — $16 million.
Minnesota Teen Challenge, 525 Willow Dr — $11 million.
Single-family home on North Nokomis NE — $550,000.
Commercial tearoff/re-roof at Arrowood Resort — $502,347.
Single-family home on Geneva Rd NE — $400,000.
Single-family home on Melvina Ln SW — $350,000.
Single-family home on Latoka Dr SW — $350,000.
Single-family home on Pinewood Ln NE — $300,000.
Single-familh home on Geneva Rd NE — $277,000.
Single-family home on N McKay Ave — $263,711.
New foundation for relocated Cenex building — $225,000.
Single family home on W Lake Jesse Dr SE — $220,000.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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