Through three-quarters of the year, the city’s building permit values are outpacing last year’s numbers.
And 2018 as a whole set a record for building permit value, at $285 million.
Through the end of September, the city had issued $209.7 million worth of building permits, compared to $186.6 million at the end of September 2018.
“In a nutshell, it’s been another really, really strong year,” city building and engineering development manager Jason Dixon said.
In September, the city issued $22.4 million worth of permits, with about $10 million attributed to two larger projects: — both housing projects and one each downtown and in North Kamloops.
One permit was issued for a 24-unit multi-family housing project on Lorne Street and another was issued for a mixed-use building in the former Super Save gas station location on Tranquille Road.
In addition, the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre in Aberdeen was issued a $1.5-million commercial permit for renovations.
Last month, a $2.5-million permit was issued for work at the Chevron gas station Eighth Street in North Kamloops, with the station likely to become a Town Pantry, similarly to the brand’s other stations. It for years had been grandfathered in with service repair bays.
As for the final quarter in 2019, Dixon noted a significant amount of permits still in the queue.
“We’ve had an exceptionally busy late summer, early fall,” he said.
The building department is also introducing an incentive program for the BC Energy Step Code. Dixon said four projects were already lined up in anticipation of the city program, which launched at the beginning of October.
“We’ll roll them into it right away now,” he said.