2014 con­struc­tion value nears $10 mil­lion

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff North Glen­garry’s con­struc­tion scene was ac­tive last year, although num­bers didn’t match the prior year’s val­ues.

In 2014 the town­ship is­sued 218 per­mits for work worth $ 9.95 mil­lion. In 2013, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is­sued 206 per­mits for work with a to­tal es­ti­mated value of $13.84 mil­lion.

Mayor Chris McDonell ob­served that one build­ing can make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact. “Thir­teen mil­lion isn’t a lot of money,” said Mr. McDonell. “It only takes one or two build­ings to put the value up.”

The 2014 to­tals in­cluded 14 per­mits is­sued for sin­gle-fam­ily dwellings val­ued at $3.396 mil­lion; 43 per­mits were ap­proved for residentia­l garages and sheds for a value of $686,673. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity handed out 60 per­mits for ren­o­va­tions worth $577,084, some 22 per­mits for decks and porches val­ued at $101,160 and eight for swimming pools, worth $ 124,100. There were 11 per­mits is­sued for ad­di­tions to sin­gle-fam­ily dwellings at a value of $706,500.

A per­mit was is­sued for work on four rental units for a to­tal value of $400,000. Other residentia­l projects in­cluded a semide­tached unit val­ued at $320,000.

In the agri­cul­tural di­vi­sion, there were 23 per­mits is­sued for projects to­talling $1.149 mil­lion.

In the com­mer­cial cat­e­gory, the town­ship is­sued 17 per­mits for work with a to­tal value of $1.564 mil­lion.

And what goes up must come down some­times. For de­mo­li­tion, 14 per­mits were is­sued.

Note­wor­thy com­mer­cial projects last year in­cluded a 30,000square- foot ex­pan­sion at Moulure Alexandria Mould­ing and the es­tab­lish­ment of the now de­funct Glen­garry Fine Foods store.

In 2013, Loblaws built a new Chartrand’s Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer lo­ca­tion in Alexandria and nearby, Sa­lon Funéraire Glen­garry Fu­neral Home was erected at the for­mer site of Alexandria Home Hard­ware, which moved far­ther south on SDG County Road 34. Another large job was an ex­pan­sion at the Cana­dian Tire out­let.

Town­ship plan­ning man­ager Gerry Mur­phy pointed out: “The Loblaws and fu­neral home were quite large projects so it’s nat­u­ral to see the amount go down some­what in 2014.”

In com­par­i­son, the 2013 build­ing stats re­flected a high num­ber of com­mer­cial build­ing starts -- 25 per­mits for $6.46 mil­lion.

Residentia­l builds ac­counted for 39 per­mits and a value of $2.26 mil­lion. Nine per­mits were is­sued for sin­gle- fam­ily dwellings for a to­tal value of $2.69 mil­lion and 24 garages worth $324,600 were con­structed. In agri­cul­ture, 26 per­mits were is­sued for jobs with a to­tal value of $1.39 mil­lion. In home im­prove­ments, there were 24 per­mits is­sued for new decks and porches for $94,200.

For ren­o­va­tions in 2013, the town­ship is­sued 32 per­mits for projects worth $547,684.

There were 17 de­mo­li­tion per­mits the pre­vi­ous year.

“We’re not grow­ing very much and peo­ple aren’t build- ing houses but un­til we get more in­dus­try with wa­ter and sewage in Alexandria peo­ple aren’t go­ing to be build­ing,” said Mr. McDonell. “If they can’t hook up to the sewer sys­tem they are not go­ing to build.”

Mr. Mur­phy said on the residentia­l side the town­ship can't ap­prove new sub­di­vi­sions or large-scale residentia­l projects but can ap­prove “in-fill” lots on va­cant land. And there is al­ways the op­por­tu­nity for new projects in ru­ral ar­eas and ham­lets.

“Sewage ca­pac­ity isn’t as big a con­cern for busi­ness growth since the ca­pac­ity is­sue doesn’t have the same im­pact,” Mr. Mur­phy said, adding although the town­ship would be chal­lenged by a large in­dus­trial user that pro­duces a high amount of sewage.

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