2014 construction value nears $10 million
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.