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The former Bekins building at the corner of West Fourth Street and Wesley Parkway is being converted into an apartment complex. The project is one of several housing projects that propelled Sioux City to another record year of housing growth in 2017. 

SIOUX CITY | Residential housing in Sioux City continued to grow at a record-setting clip in 2017, as the city for a third straight year set a new high in the number of housing permits issued.

Housing data shared by the city Tuesday shows developers added 274 units last year, breaking the previous record of 241 units set in 2016

City officials attributed the continued growth to private-public partnerships and a renewed interest in filling in areas within the city. The city has also seen an increased trend in construction of duplexes, townhouses and urban condo developments over the past few years. 

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Sioux City 2017 housing units

Sioux City issued a record 274 permits for housing units in 2017, breaking the previous record of 241 set in 2016. The city credited projects such as Virginia Square and the Bekins building redevelopment for this year's high growth. 

Of the 274 permits issued for units, 182 were multi-family units and 24 were condos. The projects -- many of which are still under construction -- include the development of the former Bekins building into 70 loft-style apartments, the revitalization of former industrial buildings along Virginia Street by Ho-Chunk Inc. into mixed-use space known as Virginia Square, and re-use of former school buildings at Whittier Elementary and the Central High School annex

City staff expect the trend to continue in future years with additional construction in the Whispering Creek and Eagle Ridge housing developments, as well as renovations of the former Everett School Building, Hatch Furniture Building, Commerce Building and former Methodist Hospital

Sioux City in 2016 had broken the previous record of 205 set in 2015. Prior to that, the city had only eclipsed the 150-unit mark once in the preceding decade. 

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