The value of new construction in the city of Branson for the year 2007 totaled $117.9 million, making this the third year in a row that construction totals have topped $100 million.

For December, new construction hit $2.6 million with two major projects permitted in that month, Brookside Mini-Golf at 2925 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and a new retail center that will be divided and leased to businesses on Branson Hills Parkway west of Target.

Except for the past three years, the last time Branson saw the value of new construction surpass $100 million in one year was 1993 when the total reached $119.5 million.

“That confidence developers had in ’05 and ’06 that Branson’s a fine place to do business continued right into ’07,” said Jerry Adams, the city’s public information director.

A few of the projects that helped push Branson to the $117 million total in 2007 included:

o Wal-Mart Supercenter on Branson Hills Parkway
o Clubhouse at the Payne Stewart Memorial Golf Course at Branson Hills
o White River Fish Company at Branson Landing
o Mount Pleasant Winery on Green Mountain Drive
o Tanger Mall addition

According to the city’s planning and development department, more plans for major projects have been brought in for review that will most likely be approved in 2008.

“The momentum of 2007 should carry into 2008,” Adams said.

Press Release by City of Branson