Cornwall housing starts jump in March

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – It looks like builders are getting spring fever as the city saw housing starts jump in March.

The city issued building permits for 19 units – nine homes and 10 units in semi-detached setups or duplexes – for a value of $5 million.

There were 13 permits for $3.4 million in homes in February. In March 2020, there were eight family units built.

March building activity was driven mostly by non-residential construction with $8.5 million in building additions for three projects and another $1 million in renovations.

The overall total was 101 permits for $15.6 million in building for the month.

In the first three months of this year, Cornwall has seen just over $23 million in construction – about $2.2 million less than the same period last year.