Fort St. John saw $57.6 million in new building construction in 2019, a 30% jump from values seen in 2018.
The city issued 106 permits by the end of December, with new construction totalling $57,626,659 for the year. In 2018, 112 permits were issued worth $44.1 million.
Building numbers were buoyed in 2019 by new commercial and institutional construction, driven in part by the new Canadian Tire and Co-Op developments, as well as the construction of the new Anne Roberts Young Elementary School.
There were 36 commercial building permits issued for the year, valued at $25.5 million. That's up significantly from 27 permits valued at just $6.4 million in 2018.
Seven permits for institutional buildings worth $12.9 million were issued, up from $6.1 million year-over-year, while there were no permits issued for new industrial buildings, down from $8.2 million in 2018.
Overall, new housing starts were down, with permits issued for 48 new homes, down from 58 in 2018.
For the year, 25 single-family housing permits were issued worth $12.2 million; three multi-family permits were issued for $4.4 million; three mobile home permits were issued for $684,680; and two duplex permits were issued for $1.12 million.
There were 30 permits issued for garages and other renovations in 2019, worth $664,800 in new construction.
The city brought in $678,300 in revenues from the sale of building and other construction permits and development charges in 2019, up significantly from the $372,900 it made in 2018.
Meanwhile, for December, construction numbers were lifted by commercial building permits issued for the new Co-Op at 11432 100 Street, valued at $4 million; and for the Francis Work Beaton Building at 10003 110 Avenue, valued at $1.12 million.
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