New housing lifts city construction numbers in May

Fort St. John continues to see positive gains in construction values this year.

The city issued 13 building permits for new construction in May, pushing its year-to-date values to $24.2 million. The city has issued 37 permits so far in 2019, one shy of the 38 issued at the same time last year. Construction values are well ahead of last year, when new construction was valued at just $7.2 million.

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The lift is being seen in the construction of new multi-family housing, with three permits issued for 13 new homes in May, valued at $4.4 million. The city had seen no new multi-family construction this time last last year.

The building of the Anne Roberts Young Elementary School has also elevated values, with institutional values at $11.2 million for the year, up sharply from just $10,000 in 2018.

New home builds are relatively on par with 2018, with permits for 13 new single family homes worth $6.2 million issued for far for the year, compared to permits for 14 homes worth $5.5 million in 2018.

The city is seeing a slowdown in commercial construction, with just eight permits worth $2.1 million compared to 14 permits worth $1.3 million last year.

The city has issued nine garage/renovation permits valued at $264,000, down from nine valued at $325,000.

The city issued 13 building permits valued at $8.3 million in May, most of them for housing. Permits included four new single family homes, as well as permits for construction at Totem Mall and Safeway.

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