City numbers show that residential construction has been on a tear the past couple of years in Brandon, helping to make up for declines in other areas. Note: Some of the dwelling units built each year are accounted for by commercial construction. (GRANT HAMILTON/BRANDON SUN)
Construction activity in Brandon faded in December to end 2013 significantly down from the year before, according to numbers released yesterday.
Although a $1.9-million seed-processing facility being built on Grand Valley Road helped boost December’s numbers to just under $8 million, they were still down from the $8.2 million tallied in December 2013.
The year ended with a total of $112.9 million in construction permits issued in the city. That’s down nearly 15 per cent from the $132.7 million in 2012.
That money was spread over 876 separate permits in 2013, down from the 925 that were issued the year before.
It’s the second decline in a row for Brandon construction, which stood at $153.3 million in 2011. Over the past two years, construction in Brandon has declined more than 26 per cent.
However, one continuing bright spot has been residential construction. Brandon builders took out permits for 411 dwelling units, worth a total of $77 million, in 2013. That’s up from the 356 dwelling units that were started in 2012, worth $69.8 million, and 323 dwelling units in 2011, worth $53.4 million.
The biggest permit issued this past December was a 24-unit apartment building on First Street North worth $2.75 million. In total, 41 dwelling units were begun last month. That’s up from just 11 a year prior, but comparable to the 49 that were begun in 2011.
The city’s planning department also issues permits for the RMs of Elton and Cornwallis, which saw almost no activity in December 2013. Elton ended the year at just under $5.5 million — almost exactly the same level as 2012, when they were at a little more than $5.4 million; Cornwallis was down in 2013 to $5.1 million in construction activity, $1 million less than the $6.1 million recorded in 2012. The numbers from both rural municipalities are higher than in 2011.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 8, 2014