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Local construction scene in 2022 surpasses $108 million level

Construction values increased for the third year in Moose Jaw during 2022.
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Construction values increased for the third year in Moose Jaw during 2022

Value of building permits issued by city hall to the end of December 2022 was $108.8 million —  up $40 million from the previous year.

Since 2019, construction has increased every year from $27.2 million to the current level.

Largest project was the Great Plains Power co-generation plant south of the city, a 640 megawatt operation developing enough electricity from natural gas to power 360,000 homes when placed in service in 2024.

The Canadian Tire complex on Thatcher Drive East was the second largest project in the city with permits worth $8.97 million issued. The complex includes a massive Canadian Tire retail store, a Winners store and a Popeye’s Restaurant among other outlets

Other significant retail construction projects included three retail outlets totalling $250,000 in the Civic Centre Plaza, $200,000 for the Knight Lincoln Ford renovations and $390,000 alterations at Walmart. 

Several restaurant projects included $600,000 for an A &W near the Prairie Oasis Restaurant, $1.4 million for an outlet on Thatcher Drive East, $838,000 for renovations to McDonalds and a new restaurant on Thatcher Drive East near Canadian Tire worth $275,000, and $150,00 for another restaurant near Canadian Tire.

A mini-distillery took out a permit worth $239,400 for 1300 Lakeview Road.

A $232,000 permit was for a commercial building at Devos Car Wash on Thatcher with $150,000 for a retail store near Canadian Tire.

A downtown renovation for $180,000 was for work to the former Times-Herald building, now owned by Gold Key Investments. The iconic neon sign in front of the old newspaper building was altered to a painted Gold Key sign.

Office buildings included $750,000 for Church and Halvorson Accounting at 39 Lancaster Road in Grayson Business Park and $400,000 for an office building at 79 Hochelaga Street West.

Residential construction declined in 2022. To date 30 residential houses with 107 units have been permitted worth $26.3 million, compared with 25 houses and 38 units the previous year worth $13.46 million.

Average new unit price in 2021 was just over $354.000 compared with just under $306,000 in 2020. Average new unit value in 2022 was $222,000.

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