Oshawa shatters 45-year-old building record in June

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Oshawa set two building records last month with the highest ever number of permits issued and the highest number of accessory apartment permits.

A total of 318 building permits were issued in June, breaking the old record of 310 set in 1976 and construction value also remained strong last month, with building permits totalling almost $55.3 million in construction value.

Of that, $50 million relates to residential construction, $2.7 million to commercial construction, $2 million to industrial construction and $621,000 to governmental/institutional construction.

“These numbers tell the story of an Oshawa that is rapidly becoming an exciting community of choice for investors and homebuyers across the GTA.,” said councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri. chair, development services committee. “Our exponential growth in construction activity across all sectors shows we are getting noticed beyond our city borders as Toronto’s most dynamic, sought-after neighbour.”

An additional 387 square meters of new commercial floor space was created in June. There were 150 new residential units consisting of 91 townhouse dwellings, 40 single-detached dwellings and 19 accessory apartments.

Oshawa’s year-to-date total construction value is $305 million which includes residential values ($268.9 million) well surpassing those in 2020. The total number of permits issued this year is more than double that of last year.

Oshawa has kept monthly building records since 1965, while yearly records date back to 1963. For more information on Building Permits and Inspection Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/residents/building-and-renovating.asp.

“As one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, Oshawa’s construction boom continues at a steady pace setting two more building records in June,” said Mayor Dan Carter. “With cranes in our skies and shovels in the ground, the City of Oshawa is attracting investment from commercial and industrial development creating thousands of local jobs and welcoming homebuyers who have discovered this is one of the best communities in which to live, work and learn.”

The residential record relates largely to Tribute pulling permits in the Windfields development for its townhouse and single family home construction. Also, some of the permit increase is from the Treasurer Hill project near Kingsway College.

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