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Last month’s issuance of the final building permit for the new hospital has dramatically skewed comparisons of building numbers in Fort St. John.

February’s total value of construction is $271,146,000.

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That’s nearly 33 times the total for the same month last year, which was just over $8 million.

However, all but $546,000 of last month’s total was for the new hospital permit, which was worth $270,600,000.

That’s nearly 12 times more than the last big local commercial permit issued for the Enerplex, for just over $23 million dollars, in March of 2008.

In addition, the 2011 two-month total value of construction in the city is nearly six times last year’s 12-month total, which was $46,455,000.

While not quite as dramatic, there is also an eye-popping difference in the year-over-year city revenue numbers.

So far this year, the building permits have generated $506,620 for city hall.

That is nearly 16 times more than the $31,792 generated in the first two months of 2010.

It is also more than double the full 12-month total last year, which was $231,437.

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