New school construction lifts Fort St. John building numbers in February

Development in Fort St. John was buoyed by a $10.4-million building permit for the city's new elementary school last month.

The city issued six building permits in February, for a total construction value of $10.6 million. That's up dramatically from January, when no building permits were issued, thanks to School District 60's ongoing construction of the new Northeast Elementary School across from the hospital on 112 Avenue.

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At the board of education's March 11 meeting, Doug Boyd, the district's assistant superintendent for special projects, reported that cold weather concrete pours for the school's foundation were ongoing, with crews working to maintain their schedule lead thanks to warm weather last fall.

"Today was milder, so we get a much easier and quicker pour than those minus 20 degree days that we’ve poured,"  Boyd said. "The testing of pours have gone well. We're asking that everything is being tested to ensure it's meeting necessary standards."

The district is continuing its review of tender submissions for the building of the school, with a decision expected soon, Boyd said.

"We’ve had good feedback, lots of interest, which is always complementary to helping the budget," Boyd said.

The province is contributing $31.1 million toward building the two-storey school, which will include a neighbourhood learning centre, a daycare, and multi-purpose spaces for community use. School District 60 will pitch in $300,000 toward the build.

Construction is planned to be complete and ready for students in fall 2020. The school will have seats for 505 students, and relieve a classroom crunch in schools on the east side of the city.

The city also issued four garage and renovation permits in February, for a construction value of $141,000.

It issued one commercial permit valued at $70,000 for the former Move Dance Centre at 9903-102 Street, which is being converted into a daycare as Wiggles & Giggles expands to a second location.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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