Construction picking up as warm weather approaches

Warmer weather has signalled a boon for builders, according to building statistics for March released by the town last week.

Warmer weather has signalled a boon for builders, according to building statistics for March released by the town last week.

Permits were issued for 10 new homes, a manufactured home, a duplex and a seven-unit building.

Those projects contributed $3,546,689 or 80 per cent of the month’s construction total.

Seven of the homes being started are in Ryders Ridge while three are in Beacon Hill subdivision. The manufactured home is in Lighthouse Pointe. The duplex is located in the 4500 block of 44 Street. The seven-unit building is part of Asset Builders project across from C. P. Blakely School.

Two permits were issued for tenant improvements for bays in an industrial building on Cuendet Industrial Way, with a total valued at $576,000.

The only permit for commercial purposes was for renovations to accommodate Breeze Bookkeeping in the former Aurora Dental location above the Sylvan Lake News. Value of construction under that permit was $23,500.

Other permits were granted for a demolition, six basement developments, a detached garage, a hot tub, and a residential addition and renovation in Marina Bay.

March’s tally was $4,410,989 compared to $15,863,760 in March 2012. The 2012 figure is skewed significantly as it included just over $7.2 million for the new town hall and more than $5.7 million for 40 new multifamily units.

During the first three months of 2013, permits have been issued for 21 new homes, up marginally from 20 permits in the first quarter of 2012.

The number of multiple family units being constructed this year is down considerably, with 16 started in 2013 compared to 49 started in the first three months of 2012.

First quarter figures for this year indicate construction valued at $10,171,762.62 was permitted as compared to almost $21.2 million in 2012.