Building Activity Remains Strong in City Through April

By Kevin Lajoie
June 7, 2012

Bel-Fort Estates Model HomeCORNWALL, ON – The City of Cornwall issued 146 building permits through the first four months of 2012, a figure that’s on par with the strong construction year experienced in 2011.

The building permits issued to the end of April consist of 65 new residential units, including 8 single family homes, 28 double and duplex units and 29 units in multi-residential developments. That figure is up from the 10 residential building permits issued during the first four months of 2011.

“The activity in the residential sector is encouraging, especially as we continue to work to attract new residents to the community,” said Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau.

The monthly Building Activity Report from the City’s Building and Bylaw Division also offers some positive signs of investment in the community’s commercial sector.

Building permits were issued in April for a $700,000 renovation to St-Hubert Restaurant, $100,000 worth of renovations to the soon-to-reopen Shoeless Joe’s restaurant and a $275,000 makeover to Tim Hortons, all on Brookdale Avenue.

A $40-million building permit for the massive upgrade to the City’s wastewater treatment plant has helped push the total construction value to $49.9 million for the first four months of the year. With a total budget of $55.5 million, the upgrade of the Cornwall wastewater treatment plant is the single largest construction project ever undertaken by the City of Cornwall. For more information on the project, please click here.

Construction activity in the City has been above average over the last couple of years, and officials expect that trend to continue for the foreseeable future.

“We’re experiencing a high level of activity in processing applications and we are working to respond accordingly,” said Chris Rogers, the City’s Chief Building Official.

The new figures don’t include ongoing construction projects such as the redevelopment of the Cornwall Community Hospital or the new low-level bridge crossing.


Category: Business