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Sioux City looks to break another housing record

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Last year, Sioux City's housing numbers set a record. And this year, they look to eclipse it. Local officials say they know what's building this success.

Head to Morningside and you'll see a set of new townhouses going up near the library. It's realtor Joe Krage's job to sell them. And things are going well.

"The sales this year, like even in February which is usually a slow month, were almost double the previous year," said Krage.

That's not all. In 2012, Sioux City constructed 81 housing units. That's the most in a decade. What's better? They look to beat it this year, with 20 units already permitted through March.

Sioux City's numbers are climbing. But why? Is it warm weather? Something else? Krage can't say.

"Pretty decent all the way through. I can't really get my hands on any driving force," said Krage.

Officials with Sioux City's Community Development Department have been watching things closely. They've noted growth all over town.

"We have development occurring in Leeds, Morningside, in Whispering Creek," said the department's manager, Jeff Hanson. 

Hanson sees a twofold answer. He says Sioux City has added a lot of new jobs recently, citing the 500 created at Sabre Industries.

"All those individuals need somewhere to live," said Hanson.

Plus, he says home builders have started providing more mid-range housing options, meeting a local demand.

"We now have local developers that are addressing that need. So the individuals wanting to get into a house at that range are stepping up and acquiring these structures," said Hanson.

Back at Morningside, Krage says the eight townhouses planned could turn into more if the market demands. And if construction is any indicator, it will.

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