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‘A quiet boom’: Prince George’s monthly building permit numbers remain high

June saw 72 permits valued at more than $31.3 million
Construction near City Hall. (via Hanna Petersen)

Construction in Prince George is not slowing down – according to the consistently strong building permit numbers issued every month, that is.

After Prince George set an all-time high record for building permit numbers in 2018 representing a value of 186.3 million, the numbers have remained strong throughout 2019.

For June specifically, the city issued 72 permits representing $31,325,419, which is just slightly lower than in June 2018 when the city issued 50 permits representing $44,692,775.

"It seems this month is just one in an ongoing series of discussions of the quiet boom that is taking place in Prince George," said Coun. Garth Frizzell at city council’s regular meeting on Monday (July 15). "It’s quiet because we don’t really talk about it but you can see the numbers continue on year after year giving us better and better construction and better and better development. It’s not something that can continue forever but it sure has been a consistent rise over the last four or five years."

In June, the city issued permits for 17 new single-family dwellings representing a value of $9,392,188 and six new multi-family dwellings with a total of five units representing a value of $1,500,000.

Permits for six commercial building alterations valued at $869,400, two new commercial buildings for $17,357,399, one industrial building alteration for $25,000; one new industrial building for $553,770, and one institutional building alteration at $7,000.

“It’s pretty significant seeing the amount of construction going on in the city and it should be recognized,” added Frizzell.

The year-to-date for 2019 is already at 289 permits representing a value of $87,089,888.