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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Last year was definitely a slow one for Rochester homebuilders.

An annual report from the Rochester Building Safety Dept. shows 253 permits for new single-family homes were taken out during 2021.

That’s the lowest annual number since 2011 when the total was 191.

Rochester Building Safety Dept
Rochester Building Safety Dept
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Rochester Building Safety Dept
Rochester Building Safety Dept
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High costs for materials and a tight labor market have been cited as reasons for the homebuilding slowdown in Minnesota and elsewhere.

But it was still a busy year in Rochester for construction workers.

Rochester Community Development
Rochester Community Development
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The report shows a total of 575 multi-family units were added to the local market in 2021. They were valued at $72-million.

The overall valuation total for all new building permits was around $530-million.

Rochester Public Schools projects made up $63-million of the total. Hotel/motel projects were valued at $29-million.

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new Harriet Bishop school/Kim David-TSM
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