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Building permits boom in Kamloops

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Building permits boom in Kamloops
INTERIOR HEALTH - Crews work on the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Work on expanding the hospital facilities was a major factor in boosting the city’s 2019 building permit values.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Building permit numbers in Kamloops continued to break records in 2019.

The city announced its year-end total for 2019 hit $288.3 million—marking the third consecutive year that the city has seen high construction values.

2018 saw a total of $285.0 million in permits, which was up from $224.2 million in 2017.

“We almost didn’t break the 2018 record,” said Jason Dixon, building and engineering development manager. “We were still at $284 million on December 31, but a few more permits were picked up before the close of the year, which brings the official 2019 total to $288.3 million.”

Dixon he added that from 2017 to 2019 the city has seen $797.5 million in building permit values.

Dixon attributes the continued upward trend largely to the new Patient Care Tower at Royal Inland Hospital and to developments at Thompson Rivers University. The city also saw significant activity in multi-family and mixed-use commercial/residential projects as well as the redevelopment at Aberdeen Mall.

Mayor Ken Christian said he and the City Council are very pleased with the work of the Building and Engineering Development Division and noted that the strong numbers signal a vibrant economy in Kamloops.

“We are excited about the sustained uptick in building permit values over the past three years. It is a sign that Kamloops is open for business and offers an affordable and a livable community in which you can grow your business and your family,” said Christian.

Looking ahead to 2020, Dixon expects permit values to keep rising, largely as a result of the continued work at Royal Inland Hospital, but he expects activity in the other sectors will continue to be strong as well.

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