A good start
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.”