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BOISE -- The construction of multi-family housing is on the rise in Boise.

The city's building division says it's part of a upswing for rental properties across the city.

The city says during the recession there were years when there were no applications for new construction for projects like apartments and condos.

But in just the first few months of this year, the numbers are overwhelming and it looks like the trend will only continue.

The construction of apartments, townhomes, and condos, is happening near Boise State University, in downtown, and scattered across the city.

So the renting numbers, sheer numbers, are going up significantly, said Clay Carley with Old Boise.

Carley just finished his latest apartment project -- revamping the Owyhee Plaza into 36 apartments.

He says the rise in rental units is needed and wanted in Boise.

We're under-built as a multi-family housing market here compared to most markets our size, said Carley.

The increase is so high that it's caused the city's building division to hire on more employees as the permits pour in.

We've hired a couple of additional plans examiners and a couple of additional inspectors all within the last year, based on our revenues going up we were able to do that, said Jenifer Gilliland.

Gilliland is the building division manager and says the numbers speak for themselves.

She says in 2012, their department issued 155 permits for multi-family dwellings, which is any residence for three families or more.

The next year that number went up to 217.

Then in 2014, in just the first four months, they've issued 153 permits.

If the trend continues, it could be triple the number of permits in recent years.

It's pretty reasonable to expect that trend will continue throughout this year and could be even higher, said Gilliland.

She says the reason behind the rise is that during the recession building virtually stopped and now it's finally bouncing back.

With home financing harder to get, she says many Boiseans want to rent.

People are looking to fill that void and Boise is still considered up and coming so it's attractive for investment, said Gilliland.

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