In 2016, Oshawa had another significant year in building permit construction value activity.
In December, building permit activity went out like a lion establishing seven records including the following two all-time records:
- Highest Residential Construction Value issued in any month ($126.2 million)
- Highest number of single detached dwellings issued in any month (203 permits)
The other 11 monthly records established in 2016 are:
- Highest total number of permits issued for January (159)
- Highest number of townhouse units issued for January (95)
- Highest February Residential Construction Value ($60.7 million)
- Highest total number of permits issued for February (214)
- Highest number of single detached dwellings issued for February (101)
- Highest total number of dwelling units issued for February (161)
- Highest Governmental/Institutional Construction Value for December ($24.7 million)
- Highest Total Construction Value for December ($151.6 million)
- Highest total number of permits issued for December (328)
- Highest number of townhouse units issued for December (68)
- Highest total number of dwelling units issued for December (275)
Oshawa’s $454,975,000 total construction value for 2016 was the third highest value on record next to 2015 and 2014, respectively. It included $332,286,400 in residential, $73,812,000 in governmental/institutional, $43,546,500 in commercial and $5,330,100 in industrial construction values.
In addition, there were 899 new residential units created in Oshawa consisting of 510 single dwellings, 265 townhouses, 91 accessory dwellings, 29 semi-detached units, 2 duplexes and 2 apartments.
Some of the major projects issued in 2016 included:
- Durham College, 4-storey school – 2018 Simcoe St. N. ($24.5 million)
- Oshawa Centre, commercial tenant fit-ups – 419 King St. W. ($21.2 million)
- UOIT, 4-storey school – 40 Conlin Rd. W. ($19.8 million)
- VIA/GO, GO Train Station – 915 Bloor St. W. ($10.5 million)
- Lakeridge Health, interior renovations – 1 Hospital Court ($7.3 million)
- Durham Hotel, hotel/conference centre addition and renovations – 1011 Bloor St. E. ($4.3 million)
Additionally, at the Oshawa Executive Airport, NAV Canada started construction on a new $8-million air traffic control tower to replace the existing tower.
“Oshawa has had an exciting year of economic development,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “In 2017, we look forward to more growth and new developments. In the downtown, construction continues on the $50-million upscale apartment building at 100 Bond Street East, and development applications have been submitted for the $600-million redevelopment of the former Fittings property on Bruce Street owned by Medallion.”
“Building permits tell the story,” added Mike Leonard, Oshawa’s Chief Building Official. “Oshawa is where people are coming to live, work, shop and to be educated.”
Oshawa has kept monthly building records since 1975, while yearly records date back to 1963. For more information on Building Permits & Inspection Services, visit our Building and Renovations webpage.