Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News
In this Week’s Issue of Building Links
- Building Statistics: Q3 building permit statistics for the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
- Ucluelet: Zoning approved for a new 48-unit apartment building.
- Campbell River: A tender has been released for the Sportsplex Renovation project.
Building Statistics: Q3 building permit statistics for the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
Q3 building permit statistics for the Comox Valley and Campbell River are in this week’s issue. Year-to-date third quarter building permit values for the Comox Valley and Campbell River increased from $272.1 million in 2020 to $337.2 million (23.9 %). The number of single-family permits is also up from 250 to 290 units; multi-family units from 464 in 11 buildings to 518 in 20 buildings; and 45 units in duplexes to fourplexes last year compared to 147 units so far this year. A 2020 permit for a Senior Care project for $62 million skews Courtenay’s total comparison, resulting in a slight negative. As we predicted last quarter, multi-family projects in Campbell River have increased from three buildings with 77 units in 2020, to 326 units in eight buildings so far this year.
Ucluelet: Zoning approved for a new 48-unit apartment building.
The District of Ucluelet has approved a zoning amendment bylaw to allow a multi-based housing development on Lot 16 Marine Drive. Design will now begin for a three-storey rental apartment building. Lot 16 is a 12.7 acre parcel of undeveloped property previously zoned for tourist commercial development. The new zoning allows for a mix of housing, and as proposed the project will include a 48-unit long-term rental apartment building (phase one), single family lots, and townhouse units. The site does not currently have adequate sewer and water to carry the capacity of the proposed development, and next steps include finishing all the offsite upgrades to the sewer and water lines. The property located within walking distance to the schools, the Ucluelet Community Center, Big Beach Park, and the Village Square. Once the design for the apartment building is approved, construction of the new three-storey with one and two-bedroom apartments will go out for bidding to a Vancouver Island contractor.
Campbell River: A tender has been released for the Sportsplex Renovation project.
The City of Campbell River has put out a call for tenders for the Sportsplex Renovation project. Plans to renovate the Sportsplex have been underway since 2019. That year the city rreleased a 2021 budget to include $3.8 million for rehabilitation of the Sportsplex. The intention was to replace the roof, HVAC systems, windows and repair large sections of the building envelope, as well as add a 1,100 sq.ft. addition for gym storage. This tender includes improvement of the building envelope system including new exterior metal wall cladding and insulated metal roof panel systems, re-painting existing masonry surface and associated upgrades of the mechanical and electrical systems of the existing building including the addition of a new gym storage room to the gymnasium.
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