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This Spring and Summer will bring more than blooming flowers and crops in Moundridge. The warmer months will bring a wide variety of construction projects to the community totaling over $4 million in private construction activity and nearly 15 million in public construction. Some have already started, but in all, the City is preparing for approximately ten significant public and private construction projects this year.Moridge Manufacturing / The Grasshopper Company started construction on a new 24,000 square foot addition to their shipping building in December 2018 and continued for several months. Local Businessman, Blaine Stucky started construction late last year on remodeling a former corner convenience store at 101 S. Christian. Construction has picked up recently as he continues work on what he calls “The Hub” which will house several new businesses including a hyperbaric treatment facility and massage center for those seeking alternative healing methods. There will also be a Brick-Oven pizza restaurant and coffee shop. David and Joetta Whitcomb have plans to bring in a specialty restaurant as they develop property they recently purchased at 524 E. Cole Street. They are beginning by renovating the home that was built in 1910 and hope to open the restaurant later this Summer. On Wednesday, the Mid-Kansas Credit Union broke ground for construction of a new addition that will nearly double the size of their facilities in Moundridge. Fuqua Construction from Inman has been contracted to build the new addition. Max Fuqua was there for the groundbreaking and said they will be using as many local subcontractors and suppliers as they can for this project. The landscapers are expected to begin work within a matter of days to remove some of the current landscaping that can used as part of the expansion project. The main construction activities are expected to begin within a few weeks. These four projects total over $ 2.5 million in new construction. There are at least three and possibly four more commercial construction projects that are nearing approval to start this Spring and Summer, announcements will be coming soon. They will bring approximately $7 million more in commercial construction activity to Moundridge. That’s nearly $10 million in commercial construction projects and does not include the $14.8 million project that will begin this Summer as part of the School Bond issue that was recently approved by USD 423 voters. The $10 million in commercial projects will go a long way towards expanding the tax base for our community and does not include other additions coming to the community such as the new Hanger Home Development at the municipal airport; The Chill a new shaved ice business coming in May and the development of the Bark Park by the baseball fields. It’s exciting to see this much activity in a community of our size.