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New downtown builds pass $10 million mark

City staff provided council with an update on the recent construction in the downtown core on Monday.
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Construction continues on a new office building at 10019 103 Avenue in Fort St. John.

City staff provided council with an update on the recent construction in the downtown core on Monday.

The downtown area has been a council initiative for several years, and the development community has been redeveloping a number of properties in the area.

Six new construction projects were issued building permits from 2015 to 2017 in the downtown core, with construction values amounting to $10,790,000.

These projects include an office building located at 10019 103 Avenue with a construction value of $2.3 million; the new BCGEU building located at 10147 100 Avenue with an estimated construction value of $3 million; the new H&R Block building location at 10123 99 Avenue with an estimated construction value of $2 million; Pawnamania located at 10019 99 Avenue with an estimated construction value of $400,000; Browns Socialhouse located at 9719 100 Street with an estimated construction value of $1.89 million; and a multi-family residential building located at 10112 96 Avenue with an estimated construction value of $1.2 million.

The city manager’s report said the downtown “has not seen this type of redevelopment over the past decade, so it is a significant indication of positive change in the downtown area.”

City construction values down this year

Construction values in Fort St. John are down roughly 39 per cent so far this year.

The city has seen $10.1 million in construction through to the end of May, short of the $16.7 million to the same point in 2016.

 

Commercial construction and single-family residential have driven construction so far this year. The city has issued 15 permits for commercial construction valued at $3.7 million, and has issued six permits for single-family homes valued at $4.4 million.