Record year for building
This will be a record year for construction in South Glengarry, if first-quarter numbers are any indication.
“Over the past three years, we have processed over 740 permits with a construction value in excess of $59 million,” says Chief Building Official Kevin Lalonde.
His report to council indicates that both construction value and permit revenue have steadily increased every year since 2015 for the first quarter of the year. In 2015, first-quarter permit values were $669,780; this year, projects approved in January, February and March had a total estimated value of $2,211,000. At the same time, permit revenue was $35,413 after three months this year, compared to the three-month total in 2015 of $8,809. The number of permits issued increased from ten in 2015 to 42 for the first quarter of this year.
In terms of residential construction for the current year, of the 53 permit applications received to date, seven are for new single detached dwellings and one is for a new 6-plex. Ten permits have been issued for demolition work.
“The facts speak for themselves. More and more people every year are choosing the Township of South Glengarry as their preferred place to build, renovate and invest and to those people, we say thank you,” stated Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Brown. “Hopefully these trends will continue through this year and future years.” Residents who are planning a building or construction project are encouraged to contact the building department to learn whether or not their project will require a permit and what information will need to be submitted with their permit applications.