$2 million in construction approved for former Cobb’s building

April’s building statistics got a substantial boost from commercial construction in Sylvan Lake’s downtown core.

April’s building statistics got a substantial boost from commercial construction in Sylvan Lake’s downtown core.

A permit for interior and exterior renovations and addition of a second story at the old Cobb’s AG Foods building was approved in the amount of $2 million last month. It accounted for 60 per cent of the month’s total.

Plans include creation of a galleria style two storey area inside the existing north portion of the building with four suites for retail space and a restaurant with patio on the main floor and five suites for offices or personal services on the second floor.

Also approved were permits for six new single family homes, three of them in Ryders Ridge, one in Beacon Hill, one in Lakeway Landing and one in the 4600 block of 45th Street. Construction value of the new homes ranged from $172,625 to $220,950, according to figures released by the town last week.

Additionally, permits were issued for three basement developments, two detached garages, a hot tub installation and cabin demolition.

In the industrial area, a permit was issued to Richard Carson for a contractor minor operation in a multi-unit building on Cuendet Industrial Way.

The number of single family home starts this year is marginally higher than last year — 27 compared to 25 in the first four months of the year yet the total value of construction permitted is only about half of last year’s year-to-date tally. That’s because last year’s figures included the new town office and substantial multi-unit residential buildings. Permits were issued for fifty-eight units last year compared to just 16 units in multi-family buildings this year.

The year-to-date total is almost $13.5 million while the 2012 figure was just about $25.4 million.