Cornwall Experiences Increase In Residential Construction

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The City of Cornwall issued building permits for 180 family units in 2011, the largest output for Cornwall’s residential sector in nearly 20 years.

According to the year-end Building Activity Report from the City’s Building Services Division, there were a total of 31 single family homes, 38 semi-detached and duplex units and 16 apartment units approved in 2011. A further 95 units are being created in the Riverdale Terrace retirement residence on Second Street West.

The number of family units in 2011 is the highest amount that Cornwall has experienced since 1992, when 186 family units were approved. Over the past 20 years, the City has seen anywhere from 36 to 169 family units created per year.

“These figures from our residential sector provide yet another example of the positive momentum that Cornwall is enjoying,” said Mayor Bob Kilger. “I’m confident that this progress will continue in 2012 as we welcome new businesses and residents to our great City.”

The activity in the residential sector is just one of many highlights from the busy construction year that was 2011.

All told, the City issued 649 building permits in 2011 with a construction value of over $156 million, up significantly from the $50,273,474 in construction value recorded in 2010. These figures do not include several high-profile construction projects already underway, such as the $79-million low-level bridge or the multi-year redevelopment of the Cornwall Community Hospital.

“The building permits office continues to see above average activity, and we are doing all we can to ensure that these projects move forward,” said Chief Building Official Chris Rogers.

Construction activity in the City is most evident in the industrial sector, where 300 acres are currently under development in the Cornwall Business Park.  A building permit was issued for the new 1.3-million square-foot Target distribution centre, which carries a construction value of roughly $95 million. Building permits were also issued for additional investments at the Shoppers Drug Mart distribution centre as well as site servicing work at the site being developed by Boundary Properties.

Numerous other commercial projects, many involving local contractors, are helping to transform commercial areas throughout the City.

“We’re seeing a healthy amount of construction activity across all sectors in practically every area of the City, and it’s quite encouraging,” said Economic Development Manager Mark Boileau. “From the Downtown and Le Village areas to Brookdale Avenue and the Cornwall Business Park, there are signs of investment all over Cornwall.”

An overview of many of the development and investment projects in Cornwall in 2011 can be found in the Downloads section of the website, or by clicking on the link below: