Ottawa building permits surge to $533.6 million in July, more than doubling from same month in 2017

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After a dip in May and June, Ottawa’s building permit activity surged in July – with $533.6 million in permits issued, compared to $233.9 million the same month in 2017.

The increase has again put the city’s overall construction economy into boom mode, with overall permits reaching $1901.8 million for the first seven months of the year, compared to $1,539.2 last year – representing a 23.6 per cent year-to-date increase.

This is compared to total building activity in the city for January to June reaching $1,368.2 million, compared to $1,305.3 million from January to June 2017, or a 4.81 per cent increase.

Significant July projects included:

1161 Heron Rd.  – $67,300,125

The permit to construct two 16-storey rental apartment buildings has been issued to Ron Eastern Construction Ltd. (Woodman Architect & Associates Ltd. designed the project.)

The original  development application in 2016 called for a 343-unit residential complex on what had been vacant land, with green roofs on the first, fourth and sixth levels. A former  railway right of way will be developed as recreational open space with an extension of the north-south multi-use pathway as currently planned by the City of Ottawa.

135 Barrette  St. – $18,580,653

This eight-storey mixed use building is associated with a new condo and townhouse development, St. Charles Market, by ModBox Development.

567 Cambridge St. S. – $8,205,464

The permit calls for construction of an addition at the side of a six-storey seniors’ apartment building (The Kings Daughters & Sons Apartments).

3020 Hawthorne Rd. – $8,153,071

PCL and Ellis Don (in a joint venture) are working on interior alterations to a single-storey Museums Canada warehouse to create a heritage collections management facility).

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