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Real Estate sales see large uptick, new projects double

BY HEIDI DESCH, WHITEFISH PILOT 2-15-2017 Home sales in Whitefish last year saw a large uptick, while new residential home development more than doubled in the city. There were 194 homes sold within the city limits last year, according to a report by Kelley Appraisal of Kalispell. That’s an almost 40 percent increase from the previous year, following two years of decreases in the number of sales in 2013 and 2014, according to Jim Kelley who compiles the annual home sales report. According to the city of Whitefish Planning and Building Department’s annual report, there were 156 new dwelling units
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City moves ahead with highway 93 south corridor plan

BY HEIDI DESCH, WHITEFISH PILOT JAN 25, 2017 The city of Whitefish is finally moving forward on a long discussed corridor plan for Highway 93 South. In December City Council requested city planning staff create a scope of work and a timeline for initiating a corridor plan for the area. Last week Council gave its OK to a proposal that sets the kick-off this spring for work on the corridor plan. The city’s 2007 growth policy identified the area as in need of a corridor plan, but plans for Highway 93 West and Wisconsin Avenue were considered greater priorities by
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Forest project set to begin this summer in Haskill Basin

By HEIDI DESCH, WHITEFISH PILOT JAN 24, 2017 PHOTO BY STEVEN GNAM Widespread prescribed burns and some timber harvesting are planned for the mountains above Haskill Basin. The project known as the Whitefish Municipal Watershed Fuel Reduction project is an effort to prevent a devastating wildfire that could be destructive to the city’s water supply from Second and Third creeks. The project is also aimed at addressing disease concerns in the forest, including root disease, bark beetles, and mortality in white bark pine. Flathead Forest Supervisor Chip Weber last week issued a decision notice and Finding of No Significant Impact
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Real Estate Market Summary for Montana’s Flathead Valley 2016

SUMMARIZED FROM JIM KELLEY’S ANNUAL REPORT BY GREG CARTER Mr. Kelley’s annual real estate market report for Flathead County is available at the following link: http://kelleyappraisal.net/FlatheadMarket16.pdf The Flathead real estate market continues to improve with near record number of sales in 2016! This number of sales coupled with subdivision activity near all-time lows has motivated a renewed interest in development. Although all the county’s towns show an increase in the number of sales, the largest increase was in Whitefish. There was an 11% increase in the number of residential units built from 2015 to 2016. This number has shown a
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Whitefish direct flights – San Francisco and Chicago

Visiting Whitefish in the winter from Chicago and San Francisco is now even easier with Saturday nonstop service from to Glacier Park International (FCA) on United Airlines, plus an additional Sunday direct flight over the holiday season from Chicago. Whitefish is only 11 miles from the airport, and a short eight miles further you’ll be at the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort ready to click in to your skis or strap into your snowboard. Read more…
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