Home construction looks positive for Montgomery

This new home on Deer Trail is one example of the new homes being constructed in Montgomery in 2013. Construction is helping local businesses. The home is being sold by Edina Realty and the flooring is being done by Bisek Interiors of Montgomery. (Wade Young Photo)

“We do have a lot going on in town—

new homes being built and lots sold.”

     —Melissa Harstad, Info. Tech. Clerk for the City of Montgomery

It may not be considered a building boom similar to a period of time a few years ago, but a report of four new home construction permits being issued by the Montgomery city office already this year does give a positive spin to what had been a virtually stagnant situation in 2011 and 2012.

“We really do have a lot going on in Montgomery —four new homes under construction, lots of homes selling and several empty lots being sold,” commented Melissa Harstad, utility billing-information technology clerk for the city. “I believe I have seen at least five lots that have been sold, and there could be several more, but we do not record permits until the owner or owners decide to do something with the property.”

According to the recorded permits in the city office, two new homes are under construction on Deer Trail (Bakken Addition), and one each in Stone Ridge and Country Ridge (Barnett Bros.), all in the new or recent residential additions on the east side of the community.

Total approximate value of the new homes under construction is $763,225.

The reason for optimism at the news of four new home permits for the first half of 2013: one new home construction permit was issued in all of 2012, and 2011 drew a blank. The boom year was 2006, when 22 permits for new home construction were issued.

The city office has also seen a respectable influx of miscellaneous permits issued this year — for roofing, siding, additions, windows, garages, etc. — with total estimated value of $884,546.