A good start

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry build­ing sta­tis­tics for 2014 show a de­crease in hous­ing starts, but an in­crease of al­most 30 per cent in the num­ber of residentia­l ad­di­tions and ren­o­va­tions. And 2015 is off to a busy start. Some 36 homes were built in the town­ship last year, down 35 per cent from the 2013 to­tal of 55, re­ported plan­ning and build­ing in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, Anne Lalonde,

Of the 2014 to­tal, 30 were sin­gle residentia­l homes, two were semi-de­tached dwellings and four were apart­ment build­ings/du­plexes.

In 2013, those num­bers were 41, eight and six, re­spec­tively.

How­ever, 58 per­mits for ad­di­tions/ren­o­va­tions were is­sued in 2014 – a 29 per cent jump over the pre­vi­ous year’s to­tal of 45.

The num­ber of residentia­l ac­ces­sory build­ing was also down sig­nif­i­cantly in 2014 – 25, com­pared to 46 in 2013, or a 46 per cent drop. A to­tal of 35 per­mits for sim­i­lar projects were is­sued in 2013. Five per­mits were is­sued for the con­struc­tion of new barns last year, the same num­ber as in 2013.

New silo con­struc­tion was also down in 2014, with only one per­mit is­sued last year com­pared to six in 2013.

A half-dozen per­mits for new com­mer­cial con­struc­tion projects were is­sued in 2014, the same num­ber as in 2012. That was two more than the 2013 to­tal.

And if early num­bers are any in­di­ca­tion, 2015 is al­ready shap­ing up to be a good year, con­struc­tion-wise, for all cat­e­gories, ac­cord­ing to town­ship gen­eral man­ager of com­mu­nity ser­vices Joanne Ha­ley.

“The month of Jan­uary was re­ally busy with plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions,” Ms. Ha­ley told The News last week.

“In fact, in the eight years that I’ve worked here, I’ve never seen this many build­ing ap­pli­ca­tions come in, dur­ing Jan­uary.”

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