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New Home Construction Could Set New Record

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  New subdivisions popping up around Yakima are driving a record-setting pace.

Last year, 75 new home permits were issued in the city.  This year, 44 have already been issued through the month of May.

City code administrator and planning manager Doug Maples says, "It was just an unrecognized jewel in the state of Washington."

But Yakima's been discovered, especially the west side.  The 1,600 or so homes set to go in in various subdivisions in West Valley are bringing money and jobs to the local economy.

"In fact, we're hearing where contractors are having a hard time finding subcontractors. They're booked six, 10, 12 weeks out." says Maples.

The Cottonwood Grove subdivision near 87th and Tieton will eventually hold more than 300 homes.  Maples says they'll be more affordable than homes on the west side of the state, which is part of their appeal.

"And then (the developers) have another 40 acres south of Wide Hollow Creek they can subdivide." says Maples.

He says he doesn't see any downside to all of Yakima's growth.  He says the city council is welcoming new subdivisions with open arms, and builders are doing their part to provide the infrastructure.