New construction in Fort St. John was lifted by a new school build and seniors housing repairs along with a slight uptick in housing starts in the first quarter of 2019.
According to the city's March building report, the city issued 17 permits for a total construction value of $13.7 million through the first three months of the year. That's up from 14 permits valued at a $1.3 million during the same time last year.
Much of the increase so far this year can be attributed to $11.2 million in institutional builds and repairs, including the start of the new Anne Roberts Young elementary school across from the hospital, and an $850,000 repair to Heritage Manor II. The city saw no institutional construction in the first quarter of 2018.
The city saw a modest increase in new home builds for the quarter, with permits for six new single family homes worth $1.9 million, down from permits for one home worth $226,000 in 2018. The city has yet to see any permits for any duplex or multi-family housing.
The city has seen a slowdown in commercial builds, with just six permits worth $358,000. That's down from 10 permits worth $948,000 last year.
The city has issued five garage/renovation permits valued at $161,000, down from three valued at $193,000.
The city issued 11 building permits valued at $3 million in the month of March, including a permit for a new Denny's restaurant at the Best Western hotel, valued at $120,000.
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