Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Toronto reports that it has issued more than $1.2 billion in building permits in May and received applications for $1.75 billion in permits the same month.
There were 4,146 permits issued and 4,928 applications, according to the complete lists of permits issued and sought, which you can review at these links:
The “permits issued” data doesn’t indicate that construction is just about to start – in many cases, permits are issued and updated as projects progress through completion.
For example, the largest permit issued reported in May was for work on the Eau du Soleil by Empire Communities at 2183 Lake Shore W., which had reached its sixth floor in 2017 and was completed last year.
The largest application in June was for a two-tower Tridel condo project at 1095 Leslie St., with a permit value of $245 million. The Banbury/Don Mills neighbourhood project is expected to be completed in 2021.
There also is a $200 million application to build a single-storey warehouse and distribution centre at 67351 Steeles Ave. E. In north Scarborough. “A gross floor area of approximately 95,073 sq. m. is proposed, and will be served by approximately 1,024 parking spaces for employees,” the city’s plan of subdivision application reports on June 9. “Development of the subject lands will necessitate the construction of a segment of the Morningside Avenue Extension, a major piece of infrastructure that will help integrate the site with employment uses emerging to the west.”