Eau Claire issued building permits in 2017 for construction worth 50 percent more than the city’s previous record year.
Permits corresponding to about $295 million in institutional, business and housing construction were taken out last year, according to city economic development administrator Mike Schatz.
The city shattered its previous record — $196 million set in 2009 — by the end of August when $211 million worth of construction projects had already taken out permits, as previously reported by the Leader-Telegram.
Last year got off to a quick start as Marshfield Clinic Health System took out permits for a $68 million hospital and $15.5 million cancer center. The cancer center opened in October and the hospital is on schedule to open in the middle of this year.
Notable projects that got building permits last month included the $6 million Candlewood Suites hotel planned for the city’s south side, a $7 million expansion at the Drylock Technologies plant next to National Presto Industries and a $14 million portion of a major renovation project at a large UW-Eau Claire dormitory.