City con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity de­cline nearly two-thirds

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Con­struc­tion in Moose Jaw did not gen­er­ate much ac­tiv­ity or jobs in the first eight months of the year.

Build­ing val­ues to the end of Au­gust sit at $11.7 mil­lion – a 64 per cent drop from last year’s $32.78 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to city hall build­ing per­mit data. Au­gust, the last good month of weather for con­struc­tion, con­trib­uted plenty to the de­cline with a re­duc­tion of $7.57 mil­lion to $1.53 mil­lion. Con­struc­tion last Au­gust in­cluded $4.5 mil­lion for the re­tail com­plex where the Sobey’s liquor store is lo­cated and $1.42 mil­lion for a new McDon­ald’s fast food out­let on Thatcher Drive East. Fewer new homes also con­trib­uted to less con­struc­tion. Only 14 new homes were started this year val­ued at $4.56 mil­lion. In 2017 by Au­gust 31, there were 34 new homes worth $12.54 mil­lion — an $8 mil- lion de­cline

New homes this year av­er­age 12 per cent less in value at $326,000 com­pared with $368,000 in 2017.

No new homes were started in Au­gust while four were started last Au­gust. Ma­jor per­mits for the month in­cluded $100,000 for the Royal Bank in the Civic Cen­tre Plaza, $60,000 for al­ter­ations at 602 High Street West and $180,000 for build­ing at No.6, 1253 Main Street North in the Civic Cen­tre Plaza.

Plans for a $12.5 mil­lion Cana­dian Tire de­vel­op­ment have not been started. Nor has a ma­jor over­haul of the Town ’N’ Coun­try Mall started. Nor has the $50 mil­lion pea pro­cess­ing plant started.

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@ sask­tel.net

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