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Building numbers on the rise in North Bay

Numbers from 2016 mark the highest construction build year since 2011.
Building permit values in the City of North Bay reached a five-year high in 2016.

The City of North Bay released its year-end building permit numbers and it’s good news.

In a release, the city stated that building permit values reached a five-year high in 2016 at $77.9 million, 13 per cent higher than 2015 values of $68.9 million.

The year closed stronger than initially projected due to significant industrial, institutional and commercial projects, including the $8.5-million Hands: The Family Help Network project.

Work on the 18,000-square-foot project broke ground on Dec. 9 and it’s expected to be complete by Oct. 31, 2017.

As of Dec. 31, non-residential construction numbers hit $62.1 million, which is up 32.6 per cent from the same time last year. Residential housing permits also closed strong, up $6.3 million from the first half of the year.

“I am very happy with how we ended the year,” said Mayor Al McDonald said in the release. 

“We’ve had the highest construction build year since 2011; it’s a great sign for our economy and our community and shows great confidence by investors in our city.”

The city is forecasting another strong year of building construction in 2017.

A city building permit is required to build, demolish or renovate a dwelling. The city’s building statistics provide a record of all the permits issued during a period of time for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional construction in North Bay.