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According to data supplied by the City of Detroit Lakes, building permit values are down overall, though residential construction is comparable to 2007 numbers. (Graphic illustration by Luanna Lake/Tribune)

City building permit values decline in 2008

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The city of Detroit Lakes reports that building permits dropped dramatically from 2007 to 2008 for both housing and commercial projects.


In 2007, building permits for single residential buildings were valued at an all-time high of $9.6 million. In 2008, that number decreased to $5.5 million.

The biggest difference can be seen in the new commercial building numbers.

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