Hamilton building permits surpass $1 billion in 2015


The GTA Construction Report

Hamilton’s 2015 building permit value has officially surpassed $1 billion.

“These building permits are not all attributable to one sector — there are a great number in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional categories,” Jason Thorne, Hamilton’s general manager of planning and economic development, said in a published report. “It’s also interesting to point out that the permits represent not just new business, but in fact, many are directly related to business expansion of local companies.”

The city broke past the $1 billion target by the end of October. Building permit data indicates in October there were 428 residential permits, including 141 permits for single family dwellings, with a total value of $32.24 million. In other categories, in October, there were $8.25 million in institutional and government projects, $4.12 million in industrial and $3.63 million of commercial projects.

Some of the largest Hamilton projects last year included:

• Royal Connaught phases one and two, including a 13-storey residential building with basement, ground floor commercial and alterations to the existing building to create 134 dwelling units in the first phase;

• A one-storey 6,734 sq. m. GO bus facility;

• Alterations to the Bella Tower’s shell building for the interior fit-out of the 321-unit residential building; • The Stoney Creek Retirement Home, including the superstructure of a fivestorey, 11,330 sq. m. care building;

• Construction of a five-storey, 7,521 sq. m. (with basement) retirement home addition, with alterations to the first storey of the existing building; and • Building a four-storey, 5,066 sq. m. apartment building and a three-storey, 1,314 sq. m. addition to the existing three-storey building, including converting an existing three-storey warehouse building into multi-residential apartments with 124 dwelling units.


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