City construction neck and neck with last year

Kamloops Daily News
April 1, 2012 01:00 AM

Residential construction is running almost parallel to last year's figures so far, but commercial is edging ahead slightly.

City building inspector Kundan Bubbar said that among permits issued in the past month is one for $1.1 million to finish the first building at Mission Hill and another for $3.2 million for the sterilization department renovation at Royal Inland Hospital.

The new owners of Mission Hill, who took over from developer Mike Rink, are in negotiations with the City's planning department for the other buildings on the West Victoria Street site.

So far this year, the value of residential construction is at $32.1 million, a slight drop from $34.7 million at this time last year.

The number of single-family houses constructed is at 25, also down a bit from 29 last year.

On the commercial side, however, construction is up $1.5 million over the first three months of last year, Bubbar said.

And development staff are close to issuing a permit for a 38-unit, five-storey mixed-use building at the corner of Tranquille Road and Wood Street. The bottom two floors will include a pharmacy and offices.

The foundation is already in on that project, he said.

"Overall, considering what's going on in the rest of the province, it's pretty good," he said.

Bubbar noted that while Kamloops City staff are still busy with construction projects and permits, Kelowna has had to lay off some of its development staff.

That's unlikely to happen here, as there are more projects still to come, including a residential-care facility in Brocklehurst that got council's nod last week.

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