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Quesnel's construction industry booming

August 15, 2005
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QUESNEL, B.C. – Quesnel’s construction industry is booming compared to last year.

The City of Quesnel announced its year-to-date construction permit figures Monday. The value of permits issued was more than 15 times the value during the same period last year.

“This is a real indication of investor confidence in Quesnel,” said Mayor Nate Bello. “This shows people are ready to face the challenges and build a future for their businesses and families in Quesnel.”

The total number of building permits issued to date sits at 79 compared to 55 last year. The largest jump in permit value came in the industrial sector, with $28,560,000 invested. Last year at this time, that figure stood at just $18,000. But every other sector saw an increase, too. Residential permit values rose from $1,872,861 to $2,215,193, commercial values climbed from $435,000 to $1,160,900 and institutional permits rocketed from $70,000 to $4,476,000.

Senior Building Inspector Richard Bergey said the climb in values is notable.

“We’re seeing an increase in all sectors, which indicates a healthy construction industry in general,” he said. “This also spins off to other areas, such as home improvements.”

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