May a 'big month' for building permits

April showers bring May hammers.

The city is reporting a “big month” in building permits issued and construction values, following the release of its most recent monthly building stats.

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City of Kamloops building and engineering development manager Jason Dixon said the city is on pace with last year, which was a record-setting year for construction values.

“It was a big month,” Dixon said.

In May, the city issued 191 building permits totalling $33.3 million, up from last May’s 180 permits worth $17.8 million but on pace overall to date at 583 permits worth $97.6 million compared to 676 permits worth $94.9 million in 2018.

Residential construction was up in May, with $21.5 million worth of building permits issued compared to last May’s $10.5 million. Dixon said two apartment projects totalling nearly $8 million, a 21-unit building on Commazzetto Road in Valleyview and a 31-unit building on Singh Street in North Kamloops, drove the numbers.

“Together, that’s 52 units and $7.8 million,” he said.

On the commercial side, a permit for Marshalls in Aberdeen Mall came in at $4.9 million, representing more than half of the total commercial permit value, which was $9.7 million in May. Additionally that month, a permit for commercial business space on Dallas Drive was worth $2 million.

Asked how the city is looking overall in 2019, Dixon would not go so far as to predict another record-setting year for building permit values, but expects more big months ahead.

“Things look good for this year,” he said.

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