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TWIN FALLS — As the summer construction season heats up, the city is processing scores of new building permits. It’s another sign of a surging economy that shows little signs of slowing.

After a lag at the beginning of the fiscal year partly blamed on poor weather, Building Official Jarrod Bordi said overall permits are up 6.89 percent for the year to date. And he expects the city will have an even busier summer construction season than last year.

“It’s busy,” he said. “There’s just lots of growth going on.”

What new commercial projects got permits issued in May? A 4,800 square-foot building at Canyon Park West will be home to Charming Charlie, a national fashion and accessory retailer. Charming Charlie should be complete by September.

“It is always exciting to bring in a new shopping experience to the market that hasn’t been here before,” Randy Woodbury, president of Woodbury Corp., said in a statement. “Charming Charlies will be a strong addition to Canyon Park West, and soon we will be announcing even more shopping, food and beverage options to the market for the first time.”

That includes a 7,500 square-foot building that will have multiple restaurants. The development company has yet to obtain a building permit for the project.

Also in May, the city approved a permit for a new O’Reilly Auto Parts on Cheney Drive West, south of Walmart.

“It will be an additional store to the one that already exists,” O’Reilly Automotive Inc. spokesman Mark Merz said.

Most stores are 7,200 square feet and employ eight to 12 people. The new Twin Falls store is expected to open this fall.

Hoggarth Auto Sales has also been approved for a new sales facility at 521 Second Ave. S.

Several multifamily remodel projects have also received permits, including improvements at the Cherrywood Apartments, Valley House and four-plexes on Monroe and Quincy streets.

Twin Falls issued 18 building permits for single-family dwellings in May — the same number as a year ago. New-home permits are up 13.6 percent for the year to date.

While having approved 2,115 permits since October, the value of these permits is down about 36 percent to $65.4 million — compared with $102.3 million by this time last year when several large projects were underway. Twin Falls has collected more than $700,000 in fees for the permits.

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