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This chart was used during a recent presentation about building activity in the city during 2012; it shows the average cost of a new-construction home. Note: Construction costs given do not include lot expense. Chart courtesy of the City of River Falls

Building report: Construction grows, population does not

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A recent Plan Commission meeting featured the annual report of the Community Development department, including construction and building permits.

Building Inspector Joe Lenzen presented the numbers, commenting that while the average rate of population growth in River Falls is usually about 1.6% per year and has been as high as 4%, it was zero for 2012.

Lenzen said it was the first year since 1990 with no population growth.

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