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Detroit Lakes building permits 'looking strong' this year

These old gas station and Dollar Store buildings are set to be torn down before builders begin construc-tion on a new CVS Phar-macy, located on the cor-ner of Roosevelt Avenue and Frazee Street some-time this summer.

It's promising to be a good year for builders around Detroit Lakes, according to Community Development Director Larry Remmen.

"Looking at the building permit report, which includes permits requested from January though June, so far our total building permits are valued at $6.6 million," said Remmen.

The report compares that number to stats from the past three years.

Permits this year are up from 2009 at this time, when permits totaled $4.4 million.

However, they are down from last year, which saw $14.4 million.

"A big chunk of that was the Sanford Health project, though," said Remmen, "If we were to take that project out of the equation, which is easily $6 million, we'd be tracking pretty similarly to what we are now."

Remmen says not only is Detroit Lakes seeing strong building permit numbers and expansion plans, but the city is also expecting that number to jump during the second half of the year.

"I've had a lot of contact from different businesses throughout the city who are talking about building or expanding."

Remmen says there are several businesses in the industrial park with plans to expand, including Metal Sales Manufacturing and Pet Care.

"Builders of the new CVS Pharmacy already have their permit, and from what we understand, they could start demolishing the old (Stop-n-Go) gas station and Dollar Store that's there now and begin building at any time now."

That project is on the corner of Frazee Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

Remmen says the city has also gotten "strong indicators" that a new funeral home could be going up along Highway 10, near Midwest Bank, sometime this summer.

"Plus we have very high hopes that the new Downtown Crossing Development will start construction soon as well," said Remmen.

That project will also be located along Highway 10, and behind the downtown business district.

"So there's a lot of new things that point to a pretty good, solid year for us here," Remmen said.