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Tommy Ahlquist leaves Gardner Company for new venture

Developer and former gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist has left his position as COO at the Gardner Company to create a new company with four other people, led by CEO Cortney Liddiard of Ball Ventures in Idaho Falls. Ahlquist said June ...

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Proposed Twin Falls mixed-use project to join new city hall, new plaza and new Main Avenue (access required)

A retail-office-residential structure tentatively called OneSixty is planned as the finishing touch for one downtown Twin Falls intersection that now has a new city hall and Downtown Commons plaza. The proposed $6 million, four-story, 37,000-square-foot mixed-use structure at 160 Main ...

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US housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said June 19 that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the ...

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Affordable apartment projects are few and far between (access required)

With Idaho simultaneously the nation’s fastest-growing state, but stuck at No. 36 for housing affordability, there is an increasing need for affordable multifamily housing, particularly in the fast-growing Treasure Valley and resort communities such as McCall. “Affordable multifamily housing” means ...

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Builder optimism fades in June

U.S. homebuilders lowered their confidence for sales prospects as lumber prices rise amid the threat of potentially costly tariffs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released June 18 fell two points to 68 in June. That’s ...

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Construction costs keep rising as tariff anxiety festers (access required)

Construction costs climbed again in May, following price increases this spring driven by trade disputes over steel, aluminum and lumber. The cost of all goods used in construction increased 8.8 percent year-over-year in May. Among individual types of materials, some of ...

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Construction industry absorbs another blow (access required)

When President Donald Trump cited national security concerns and signed orders in March imposing significant new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the construction industry was thrown for something of a loop. While domestic steel and aluminum manufacturers praised the ...

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