Ottawa’s January building permits at $140.7 million more than 30 per cent greater than same time last year

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

            Ottawa’s construction industry has started 2018 with a booming increase in building permit volume, at last compared to the last two years.

            The city recorded $140.7 million in permits for the first 31 days of the year, compared to $107.5 million in January 2017, $116.2 million in January 2016 and $119.1 million in January, 2015.  Compared to last year, this represents almost a 31 per cent increase in activity.

            There are a diversity of projects in the January totals, with the top five permits including a school, two apartment buildings, and two office projects.

785 Goulbourn Forced Rd. – $9,478,735

            The Ottawa Catholic School District expects the new Kanata North Elementary School to be ready for the start of the next school year in September.

            The school, on a 6.52 acre site on the south side of Terry Fox Dr., will have the capacity to accommodate 461 students.

70 Gloucester St. – $9,397,160

            Claridge Homes has received a foundation permit for  a 27 storey apartment building with five levels of underground parking.

420 Cooper St. – $4,822,309

            This permit for the Centretown Community Health Centre includes interior alterations to the ground floor of a nine-storey office building.

60 Moodie Dr. – $3,092,000

            Another piece of the conversion of the former Nortel site into the Department of National Defence headquarters, this project involves interior alterations to all floors of a five storey office building (Building 5).

150 Greenfield – $3,019,510

            The Independent Development Group is building a four storey, 23 unit  low rise apartment building, with 19,899 sq. ft. The developer reports the project, called Canal Lofts, has sold out all of its units.

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