Cornwall starts 2021 with $6.4M in construction

This home at 260 Gillis Avenue in the East Ridge subdivision of Cornwall, Ont. was among the highest value permits issued in the city in January 2021. Home as seen on Sunday, April 4, 2021. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The city is already seeing a healthy start to building and construction for 2021.

January statistics from the city’s building department (most recent stats published by the City of Cornwall) show 63 permits were issued for the first month of this year for $6.4 million worth of construction.

In January 2020, there were 48 permits issued for $21.2 million in construction.

If you factor out the single permit issued last year for $16.3 million for the Shoppers Drug Mart distribution center on Optimum Drive, the remainder was around $4.9 million in building last year.

As for January 2021, there were permits for seven single family homes, 10 semi-detached homes (20 units) and a duplex.

The permits of largest value were a $300,000 home with a basement apartment on Lourdes Avenue, a couple of $299,000 homes on Gillis Avenue and a $299,000 duplex on Watson Crescent.

The houses in the East Ridge subdivision (Gillis Avenue/Watson Crescent) are already in various stages of construction while the Lourdes Avenue home hasn’t even broken ground.

Cornwall is coming off a year that saw $98.2 million in construction – a slight step back from the $108.4 million in construction in 2019.