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McCall’s single- and multi-family building permits remained steady in 2020 despite pandemic

McCall did not see a significant decrease in people wanting to move to the mountain town over the course of 2020.

In 2019, the city received only five more building permits for single and multi-family dwellings than in 2020. 

There were 88 total requests in 2019. Seventy-seven of those permits were single-family, the remaining 11 were multi-family homes. 

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In 2020 the city received 83 combined single and multi-family dwelling requests. 68 were single-family and 15 were multi-family. Though, there were nine more single-family permits requested in 2019, the gap of the number of people moving to McCall closes a bit with additional multi-family homes requested.

“Our building activity has not slowed,” Community and Economic Development Director, Michelle Groenevelt said. “McCall continues to be a desirable place to live or own a second home. So we are in a development boom.”

Since March 2020, and the start of remote working and learning, people have been packing their bags and staying in areas like McCall for extended periods of time. This is helping increase the number of permits the city is receiving.

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“During the pandemic, we have seen more people utilizing their second homes, renting short-term rentals and visiting McCall,” Groenevelt said. ”With all our outdoor recreation, people seem to be running to the mountains.” 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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