Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The cold weather and a rush to get permits approved before some building code changes took effect in late January likely contributed to a slight slowdown in construction activity in Rochester last month.

The City Building Safety Department approved 19 permits for new single-family homes valued at nearly $5-million dollars in February. While the permit total was 2 lower than the tally from January, it was fairly strong for February and equaled the total from the same month in 2007, which was the last time the city saw over $400 million dollars in new construction activity in a single year.

Overall, the city issued 124 building permits valued at just over $12 million dollars in February. The number of permits was 16 below January’s total, while the valuation was down about $4-million.

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