by Mike Knaak
A total of 16 building permits were issued in St. Joseph in 2017, according to statistics compiled by the Central Minnesota Builders Association.
All the permits were for single-family, detached homes.
The builders ‘association tracks permits for 10 central Minnesota cities from statistics compiled by Stearns and Benton counties.
The area recorded 266 detached, single-family permits in 2017.
The totals by city:
St. Cloud 109
Sauk Rapids 29
Cold Spring 24
St. Augusta 16
St. Joseph 16
Waite Park 2
Single-family units averaged 211.5 per year for the past six years.
There were no multifamily units added in St. Joseph. But in the area, there were five permits for a total of 266 housing units.
Multi-family units averaged just under 216 units for the past six years, according to the builders’ association.
The builders’ association estimates the economic impact of the new permits results in 2,200 jobs and $160,272,000 in local income.