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Boom in building permits second highest in North Bay history

City issued more than $93 million in permits with commercial and residential leading the way
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Cassellholme long-term care facility expansion in North Bay, August 2019. (File photo)

The City of North Bay said it’s experienced its second highest construction on record in 2019, according to year-end permit numbers.

While the number of building permits issued in a given year isn’t always a true indicator of local construction activity, the municipality said the $93.3-million worth of total building permits for 2019 was the highest value the City has seen since a record-breaking 2006, and easily surpassed the $65-million value of permits issued in 2018.

Residential, commercial and industrial construction permit values were all up, compared to 2018.

The year ended with $45.5 million in commercial building permits, better than the $17.4 million the year before.

Industrial building permits, totalling $12.7 million, were up by $1.6 million over 2018.

Residential construction came in at $22.5 million, an increase of more than $7.8 million compared to the previous year.

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The City said that represents 96 new dwelling units, including 33 single-family dwellings, nine semi-detached units, three duplexes and 51 townhouse or apartment units.

Miscellaneous and institutional building permit values weakened in 2019 compared to 2018, coming in at $10.6 million and $1.97 million respectively, compared to $19.6 million and $2.18 million.

“We are pleased with how we ended the year,” said Mayor Al McDonald in a Jan. 9 statement.

“Council has been focused on growth and the second highest construction year on record is a positive indicator for our economy. We’re looking forward to another strong year of building construction in 2020.”