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Commercial Development Increases in Bismarck/Mandan

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Dozens of new businesses are set to be developed already this year.

Bismarck/Mandan alone is bursting with growth and expanding with new houses, apartments, and businesses.

But let's zero in on commercial development.

"Commercial permit numbers are extraordinary right now and the evaluations that they're bringing along top of that are just tremendous for the community," says Dot Frank, Bis-Man Homebuilders Association.

As of June, 46 commercial permits have been issued in Bismarck compared to 42 last year.

But Mandan is seeing a significant increase with 29 permits issued as of June compared to last year's eight.

"I think we're going to have our second strongest year on record with the projects that are already permitted and those that are in the planning stages," says Ellen Huber, Mandan Business Development. Director.

Frank says the commercial and residential development are playing off of each other throughout these last few years.

"It's that relationship between home and work and you need both of them to be healthy but they're not always simultaneous as far as their growth goes," says Frank.

"In the last couple years especially there's been an increase in activity, especially with the residential growth that's been going on in the last few years. There's a lot of demand for commercial buildings," says Eric Brenden, Northwest Contracting.

Northwest Contracting is one company that's been digging up a lot of dirt for these new businesses.

Right now, they are building Sunrise Town Centre and Legacy High School.

"Growth for us is a great thing and you know, we're just looking to grow with the city. It's a great time to be in construction," says Brenden.

Growth means change, but many agree that it's an exciting time to live in North Dakota.

"It's exciting and it's challenging at the same time but, you know, that's a good problem to have," says Huber.

"We're in a really good place overall in the Bismarck/Mandan community," says Frank.

With the growing demand for commercial projects, Northwest Contracting also finds themselves needing to expand.

Brenden says they're planning to add on to their facility within the next month to create more office space.


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