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Oshawa sets three building records in April-May

Construction value issued in Oshawa saw an increase last month, with the city saying it set three building records for the months of April and May 2021:

  • Highest number of permits issued in April on record with 370 (surpassing record of 276 set in 2015).
  • Highest number of townhouses issued in April on record with 212 (surpassing 127 set in 1977).
  • Highest industrial value issued in May on record with $15.2 million (surpassing record of $5.03 million set in 1980.

Behind the boom in stats are Marlin Springs, which is building at the site of the former Donovan school on Harmony Road South with easy access to the 401, a large new townhome community; in the east end, Treasure Hill is introducing a new development of single detached homes at Townline Road near Kingsway College; and north, near Simcoe Street and Britannia Road, UC Dantonbury (Tribute) is adding a contemporary project with single detached homes, according to Councillor Rosemary McConkey, Vice-Chair, Development Services Committee.

During April, the city issued 370 building permits for a total of almost $107.5 million in construction value. Of that, $102.5 million in Residential construction, $4 million in Commercial, $693,000 in Industrial and $147,000 in Governmental/Institutional construction was issued, said a city statement.

An additional 703 square meters of new commercial floor space was created in April. There were 303 new residential units consisting of 212 townhouses, 74 singles, 14 accessory dwelling units and 3 apartment units.

May Stats: In May, the city issued 174 building permits for a total of $58.9 million in construction value. Of that total, $39.1 million in Residential construction, $2.6 million in Commercial, $15.2 million in Industrial and $1.8 million Governmental/Institutional construction was issued.

An additional 16,392 square meters of new industrial floor space was created in May. There were 116 new residential units consisting of 60 townhouses, 30 singles, 8 accessory dwelling units and 18 apartment units.

Oshawa’s year-to-date total construction value ($248.6 million), residential value ($217.6 million) and total number of permits issued are nearly double that of last year.

Oshawa has kept monthly building records since 1965, while yearly records date back to 1963.

“Oshawa’s surge in building permits represents a large number of commercial, industrial and residential developments across the city,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “We smashed three more building records in April and May, a positive indicator that our City is on track for another successful year despite Covid-19.”

“The city’s record breaking permits are solid evidence that word continues to spread how Oshawa is a great place to invest and a wonderful community to live in!” said Councillor Rosemary McConkey, Vice-Chair, Development Services Committee. “Many great choices are coming available for new Oshawa residents.”

Oshawa lowers flags to honour fallen muslim family

The City of Oshawa has lowered its flags to half-mast at City Hall and City facilities to honour the victims of the tragic event that place in London, Ontario on Sunday, June 6.

Flags were lowered to honour the four Muslim family members whose lives were tragically taken in what has been described as an intentional act of hate.

“On behalf of City Council and the City of Oshawa, we express our sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues who are mourning the passing of loved ones in this weekend’s tragic event,” said Mayor Carter. “Additionally, I reached out to the Mayor of the City of London to offer our sympathies and support during this difficult time.”

“As leaders and as a community, we must continue to listen with the intent to understand and expand our knowledge so we can continue to address issues of hate, racism and violence,” added Mayor Carter.


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