A $2.5-million expansion at the Saputo Foods plant in Brandon’s east end has helped juice city construction numbers through the first two months of the year.
February saw a total of $5.56 million worth of building permits issued for the city of Brandon, including expansion at the Saputo plant. That’s up substantially from the $3.8 million worth that was issued the same month a year ago.
All told, Brandon has issued $17.74 million worth of construction permits so far in 2014, up from $12.85 million worth in the first two months of 2013.
Commercial, industrial and institutional construction is surging, but residential construction is beginning to lag.
February saw 26 permits issued for residential construction in Brandon, worth $2.58 million, for just eight dwelling units. That’s down from $2.8 million issued in February 2013, when builders took out 34 permits and were working on 14 dwelling units.
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