Building continuing rapid pace through summer season

Eleven new homes and nine rowhouse units accounted for more than $4.1 million in construction permitted by the town during July.

Eleven new homes and nine rowhouse units accounted for more than $4.1 million in construction permitted by the town during July.

The month’s total building statistics of $4.833 million was more than double the same month in 2013, according to figures released by the town last week.

Year-to-date, construction in Sylvan Lake is ahead of the previous year by 31.3 per cent ($30.388 million compared to $23.139 million).

Four of the new homes are in the recently opened Vistas of Ryders Ridge subdivision, another four are in Ryders Ridge with one each in Beacon Hill, Crestview and Fieldstone subdivisions. Construction values ranged from $172,200 to $284,340.

Four of the rowhouse units are being constructed on Reid Court and the other five on Lakeshore Drive at Watersedge Marina.

So far in 2014, permits have been issued for construction of 62 new homes and 92 multi-family units. The previous year’s totals were 66 new homes and 16 multi-family units.

There was considerable activity in the commercial area. Permits were issued for a patio at Buk Wildz on Lakeshore Drive ($5,000), for a second storey open-air sundeck at Wild Rapids Waterslides on Lakeshore Drive ($50,000), for tenant improvements in Cobb’s Block Central ($148,000), and for office space on Beju Industrial Drive ($144,000).

A permit was issued for four new prefabricated classrooms and a washroom at C. P. Blakely School valued at $203,196.16. Another permit was for interior renovations at Sylvan Lake Alliance Church.

In the residential category, permits were also issued for six decks, three basement developments, a shed, a moved-in accessory building, a detached garage and a hot tub.