Two building permits issued last month at city hall have bolstered construction numbers heading into the end of the year.
City of Kamloops development manager Jason Dixon said an $11.3 million superstructure permit was issued for the next phase of the Royal Inland Hospital expansion in addition to $17.5 million worth of permits for a project by the Kelson Group for two buildings with 82 units at Thompson Rivers University.
The two towers will bring to a total four residential buildings on the north side of the Old Main building at the university.
In October, the city issued 122 permits worth $37 million, compared to 142 permits issued in the same month last year worth $24 million.
Through 2019, 1,232 permits have been issued worth $246.7 million, compared to 1,351 permits issued in the same time last year worth $210.6 million. In 2018, the city set a record for building permit values at $285 million.
Dixon, however, is unsure whether or not the city will break that record for a third year in a row.
“We’re awfully close, but it’s looking more and more like it’s a possibility at this point,” he said.
“The activity continues on those bigger projects.”
Still in the queue is a permit for an apartment building off of Robson Drive in Sahali as well as applications for Fresh Street Market and Old Navy at Aberdeen Mall.