The City’s development services department is dealing with more than $80 million in building permits this spring, possibly a record.
While not all the permits will get processed in time to be counted in April’s monthly tally, development and engineering services director David Trawin said Friday there was a deluge of big-number projects.
“I don’t know if that would be a record, but pretty darned close,” he said.
April’s shower of building applications includes some big-ticket items such as:
* $9.9 million for phase one of the third and fourth floor shell to the Old Main building at Thompson Rivers University.
* $30 million for the Telus datacentre.
* $9 million for a seniors’ project on Mayfair.
* $12.5 million for a seniors’ project on Tranquille Road.
* $3 million for upgrades to the Westsyde Shopping Centre.
* $3 million for a new hotel at Versatile near Pacific Way.
* $5 million for the next phase of Library Square.
* $3.7 million for a pharmacy/residential building on Tranquille Road.
* $3.6 million for an apartment on Vernon Avenue.
* $6.5 million for the second phase of Mission Hill on West Victoria Street.
* $1.3 million for a six-townhouse project on 100-block St. Paul Street.
Trawin said permit values for single-family houses is at about $2 million for April, a fairly good amount.
Single-family house construction usually perks up in spring, and is considered an indicator of the city’s overall economic health.
Trawin said most of the permits he listed haven’t been approved yet, so they’re sitting on staff desks being dealt with or elsewhere in process.
Not all of those will be done in time to be counted in April’s building statistics, but the leftovers will still be in the spring tally, he said.
“Some will carry over into May. We don’t look at the numbers month to month, but in quarters, because they’re up one month, down the next,” he said.
“This is a really good month, that’s positive. We expect the next two or three won’t be as positive but the key indicator of single family housing and strata is not bad.”
The year-to-date total for January to March is $32 million. Trawin had predicted this year’s building total would be in the $120-million to $140-million range.
“It does bode well.”