New South Stormont home builds drop 20% in 2019

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LONG SAULT – The number of new home builds in South Stormont dropped 19 per cent last year compared to 2018.

Numbers from the township’s building department show the number of building permits for residential housing was 51 in 2019 compared to 63 in 2018.

Permits for single family homes were down 20 per cent (43-2019, 54-2018).

While contractors weren’t putting up new buildings, they were busy with additions and renovations.

There were 66 permits pulled for renos last year compared to 54 in 2018 – an increase of 22 per cent.

The value of all construction in South Stormont fell about 19 per cent from $23 million in 2018 to $18.7 million in 2019.

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