The value of building permits issued by the City of Cornwall continues to rise, partly due to one of the deepest construction projects in the City's history - a new wastewater treatment facility.
The City has issued 476 building permits in the first 9 months of 2012, with a value of over $65 million in construction costs. This figure already eclipses the $56 million average of building permits that Cornwall sees in a typical year, and 2012 is not yet over.
"Our office continues to be busy as activity remains strong across industrial, commercial and residential sectors," said Chris Rogers, Chief Building Official. "We continue to assist developers and contractors with projects that range in size from small residential renovations to large industrial projects."
The upgrade of the Cornwall Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City of Cornwall. The project will upgrade the treatment process to include secondary treatment and will increase the plant's overall capacity. The contractor has excavated a large area to a depth of 15 metres (49+ feet) and is in the process of building the new secondary treatment plant.
"This project will give Cornwall a state of the art facility with increased capacity to accommodate future growth and development," said Norm Levac, General Manager of Municipal Works. "City engineering and environmental services staff are working very closely with the contractor to ensure this technologically demanding project is successful."
Also included in the building permit figures is the creation of over 100 new residential dwellings and a sizeable amount of commercial development.
This includes an expansion of the commercial plaza at Brookdale Avenue and Tollgate Road to accommodate 3 new retailers. Brookdale Avenue and Downtown Cornwall have also seen a busy construction season with redevelopment of local restaurants, offices and commercial enterprises.
"We are confident that building activity will continue throughout the remainder of 2012 and into 2013," said Mark Boileau, Manager of Economic Development. "There are a number of projects about to break ground, such as the King's Landing residential development on Montreal Road, which will add to these figures."
The 2012 building permit statistics do not include ongoing projects such as the redevelopment of the Cornwall Community Hospital or the construction of the new low-level bridge between Cornwall and Cornwall Island.
Additional information on recent and ongoing development projects in Cornwall can be found on the ChooseCornwall.ca website.