Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The construction season was already getting into full swing in Rochester last month.

The City Building Safety Department approved 30 permits for new single-family homes worth about $6.9 million in March. The permit total was the highest this year, and raised the total for the first quarter of the year to 70. That is the best first quarter showing for the local home construction industry since 2007.

The city also issued permits for new multi-family housing projects valued at about $45 million in March. Over $34 million of that total involves permits for a large complex in The Gardens Subdivision in southeast Rochester that includes a 144 unit apartment building.

Overall, the city approved 176 building permits worth almost $61 million last month. The largest non-residential  permit was for the expansion of the Olmsted County Government Center at $8.8 million.