Busy year indicated by building statistics for first two months

Commercial and residential construction added over $6.7 million to the town’s building statistics in February

Commercial and residential construction added over $6.7 million to the town’s building statistics in February, the highest monthly total since last August.

The pace of construction activity followed a strong January putting the two month total to almost double that of the first two months last year.

Commercial permits totalled $2.659 million and included a new two-storey four-bay commercial building on Beju Industrial Drive, immediately south of the Joey’s Only location ($2.079 million), tenant improvements for Royal Lepage Network Realty ($161,520) which is moving to Beju Professional Building, just north of Canadian Tire, Mighty Owls Daycare in the neighbourhood plaza at the corner of Herder and Hinshaw ($343,200), and tenant improvements for Divine Nails & Spa ($76,000) in the mall across from the marina.

Two rowhouse projects on Reid Court will create 10 residential units. The total construction value of the two is pegged at $2,171,520. These units bring the two month total to 38 multi-family residential units under construction, up from just seven units in the first two months of 2012.

In addition six single family homes were permitted, at a total value of $1,514,351.36. The construction value of the homes ranged from $154,950 to $337,021. Two of the homes are being built in Ryders Ridge, two in Beacon Hill, one in Crestview and one on 48th Avenue.

In the first two months of this year permits were issued for a total of 11 single family homes, the same total as the first two months last year.

A permit for renovations at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library ($268,034) was the only one issued in the public facility category.

Permits were also issued for five basement developments, two detached garages, one deck and one hot tub.

The two month tally for construction permitted in 2014 is $11,058,365.36 compared to $5,760,773.62 in 2012 — an increase of 91.2 per cent.