It looks like the construction of new buildings in Prince George isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
The value of building permits issued in the city continues to show strong numbers each month.
In April, the monthly building permit value added up to $17,562,945, and the year-to-date value is already totalling $44,426,755.
City council reviewed these numbers in the monthly building permit report during Monday night’s regular public meeting (May 13).
For April specifically, Prince George issued 24 new single-family dwellings at $13,834,689, one new duplex at $650,776, and two new multi-family dwellings with a total of eight units at $1,627,000.
The city also issued one new commercial building at $156,800 and one commercial building alteration for $12,000.
Coun. Garth Frizzell inquired as to whether this trend is projected to continue.
“We anticipate seeing this trend go forward for the rest of the year,” answered Ian Wells, General Manager of planning and development. “There’s a lot of projects in the works that are coming over shortly.”
Mayor Lyn Hall also took a moment to comment on the significance of these numbers.
“We have had a spectacular goal here for a number of years now and I think what is really important, is that when we look at over at $44 million in building permits year-to-date, that means jobs,” said Hall.
“That means jobs in our community. It means we are able to retain young workers, those that want to stay here after they graduate, and that is an important number and it means a lot to us.”