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October building numbers barely break $1M mark

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The number of construction starts for the month of October totalled just seven, with a dollar amount of just over $1.1 million.

The total value of construction in the Energetic City was just $1,118,000, which is a drop of approximately 92 percent. This compares to the drop in value of projects from September 2015 to 2016, which were $13.4 to $7.7 million respectively. That drop was only a 43 percent decrease.

In total, only two single family detached homes we started, making up the bulk of the numbers at $1,001,000. Four garage builds or home removations totalled $87,000, and one commercial renovation totalled $30,000.

The year to date amount of construction in Fort St. John now stands at $66,941,000, forty-four percent of the just under $152 million that had been started at this time last year. The city’s revenue from building permits and other associated fees is also just over one third of 2015’s revenue, sitting at $6,900 in October, and $594,424.92 in all this year. In 2015 at this point, the city had brought in over $1.7 million.

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