2013 starts with a boom in Kamloops
Four big-ticket projects gave Kamloops a boost in the first month of 2013, according to the latest building-permit statistics from the city.
The city doled out more than $16.8-million in permits in January, compared to $14.6 million in 2012.
Thompson Rivers University provided the biggest single bump last month, with an $8.6-million permit for interior work on its law building.
A $2.2-million John Deere dealership, a $1.1-million mechanical upgrade at the Thompson Hotel and a $1.1-
million Interior Health Authority lab on Tranquille Road rounded out the month’s top permits.
As in 2012, commercial projects made up the bulk of the permit value issue, though city development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said there are a number of multi-family housing projects in the works that should have permits issued in the near future.
“There’s quite a few projects that are out there, but the weather’s causing a bit of a delay because it’s a cold winter,” he said.
The city issued more than $2.3-million in residential permits in the first month of the year, down slightly from $2.9 million in January 2012.
Kwiatkowski estimates the city will hand out about $20-million worth of multi-family permits in early 2013.
Also on the horizon for the year is a $60-million permit for the new clinical-services building at Royal Inland Hospital.