Build­ing per­mits up in Au­gust

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - ARTHUR WHITE-CRUMMEY

Prince Al­bert posted a for­mi­da­ble month for build­ing per­mits in Au­gust, but there’s some con­fu­sion over where it’s all com­ing from.

Pub­lished on Tues­day, the Statis­tics Canada data re­vealed that Au­gust was the strong­est month for build­ing per­mits in all of 2017 and 2016. In all, the agency’s spread­sheets recorded $11,273,000 worth of per­mits that month in Prince Al­bert.

The most strik­ing jump ap­peared to come in the in­dus­trial cat­e­gory, which had been ba­si­cally flat for twelve months. Ac­cord­ing to Stat­sCan, the city is­sued three in­dus­trial per­mits this Au­gust, val­ued at $6,496,000.

That’s far more than any other month go­ing back to the be­gin­ning of last year. In fact, it’s about twice the value of all other months in that pe­riod com­bined.

But Mayor Greg Dionne says the spread­sheets are mixed up. The good news should be filed in the in­sti­tu­tional cat­e­gory, not in­dus­trial. He said it comes from up­grades to the Prince Al­bert Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre and from the new wa­ter reser­voirs ap­proved this sum­mer.

“It’s in­sti­tu­tional that’s up more than six mil­lion,” he said.

Com­mer­cial build­ing per­mits also made a strong rally in Au­gust. Though only two per­mits were is­sued, they were val­ued at $3,150,000. There were also four per­mits for im­prove­ments, to­talling $1,425,000. Taken to­gether, that’s the high­est value for com­mer­cial per­mits since Jan­uary.

Dionne said com­mer­cial build­ing is par­tic­u­larly good for the city’s tax base. He said it comes from work in the Cor­ner­stone area.

“Com­mer­cial con­tin­ues to drive us,” he said. “Of course the big bump there is be­cause of Rock Devel­op­ment, SaveOn-Foods and that build­ing.”

The res­i­den­tial sec­tor didn’t see the same growth this sum­mer, how­ever. Over­all, $977,000 of res­i­den­tial per­mits were is­sued in Au­gust, up slightly from July but com­par­a­tively weak for the year.

But non-res­i­den­tial build­ing per­mits are strongly out­pac­ing 2016. They were al­ready over $34 mil­lion for the year in the lat­est re­port, far ahead of the $22 mil­lion recorded for all of 2016.

Prince Al­bert’s growth is in line with a pro­vin­cial trend. With 17.5 per cent growth year-on-year, Saskatchewan posted the sec­ond strong­est build­ing per­mit data of any prov­ince this Au­gust, as the gov­ern­ment hap­pily re­ported.

Dionne said that Septem­ber has also been a strong month for build­ing per­mits in Prince Al­bert. But he thinks the fall will be even bet­ter. First, there’s a new truck stop. Then comes the new ho­tel pro­posal.

The mayor is cel­e­brat­ing the good news, but he said there’s a need for even more build­ing growth.

“I would like to see a lot more,” he said. “I’m work­ing hard to get that fig­ure up even more, be­cause when you have that fig­ure up it means your trades are work­ing.

“I want peo­ple work­ing and our city grow­ing.”


More devel­op­ment means more work for trades­peo­ple in Prince Al­bert, Mayor Dionne says.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.