The value of building permits issued by city hall was up 16 per cent to the end of October.
The city had issued 255 permits worth $27.6 million — an increase of $3.8 million over that period in 2019.
Increased permit values occurred despite the collapse of new single-family residences which has dropped by one half.
Year to date, the city has issued permits for 13 houses worth $4.33 million compared with 27 valued at $10.1 million last year.
Two house permits worth $588,000 were issued in October with five worth $1.4 million issued in October of last year.
During October major building permits included $124,000 for a storage building at Extendicare on Coteau Street West; $100,000 for alterations to the Texas Refinery Corp. building at 960 Home Street West; $12,900 for offices at 48 Hochelaga Street West; $17,800 for an office at 340 High Street West; $25,000 for a retail outlet at 118 River Street West; and $32,000 for a retail outlet at 48 High Street West.
Four demolition permits were issued.
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