The City of Kamloops’ building permit numbers last month were driven primarily by a $33.6-million foundation permit issued for Royal Inland Hospital’s new patient care tower.
City building and engineering development manager Jason Dixon explained it made up the bulk of the $50.5 million worth of permits issued in June.
“That was sort of the overwhelmingly big project in the mix,” Dixon said.
In June 2018, the city issued $23.1 million worth of building permits. Also driving the numbers this year were a $1-million permit issued for Sagebrush Theatre’s roof repairs, $1.5 million for a Marshalls store in the former Sears space in Aberdeen Mall and a $3-million site servicing permit for a multi-family housing development on Ord Road in Brocklehurst
The year-to-date total in the first half of 2018 for building permit values is $148.1 million, which is an increase from last year’s mid-year point total of $118 million.
Dixon said when factoring out the patient care tower, which inflates the numbers, the city is only $5 million short from where it was this time last year. Last year was a record-breaking year in Kamloops, with $285-million worth of building permits issued.
“By all accounts, we’re still busy,” Dixon said.
The city issued 148 total permits in June, compared to 128 in the same month last year. To date, the city has issued 731 permits this year, compared to 804 in the first six months of 2018.