NORTH POLE, Alaska (AP) – Officials say construction is on the rise in North Pole, with several new housing units, a new dental office and a major water utility expansion all in the works.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports City Services Director Bill Butler says the number of active building permits in North Pole has nearly doubled in recent years,

Butler says North Pole has more than 30 building permits issued or under development. He says the number of building permits is usually closer to 15 or 20 in a typical year.

Butler says $15.6 million worth of construction projects are pending in the city, which has about 2,000 people.

Most of the building permits are for new housing.

An old Blockbuster Video is being remodeled into a real estate office.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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