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.
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.