Hectic building pace continues

MINTO – The value of building construction continues to climb at a record pace here in 2019.

To the end of September, a total of 171 building permits were issued in the Town of Minto, for construction valued at a combined $30.2 million. To this point in 2018 the town had issued 174 permits for $28.3 million worth of construction.

“Overall the year to date is strong again,” chief building official Terry Kuipers told town council on Oct. 15.

“Permit numbers are about on par with last year, which is still at the top end of our chart, but our values so far have exceeded what our record year was last year, so that’s looking good.”

In September, Kuipers reported, the town issued 18 building permits for construction valued at nearly $3.5 million. That’s up from the same month in 2018, when 16 permits were issued for just over $2.8 million worth of construction.

Agricultural construction was strong in September, with seven permits issued for buildings worth about $1.2 million.

There was also considerable activity in the residential sector, with permits issued for two single-family dwellings valued at a combined $870,000 and a four-plex valued at $1.16 million.

“I got lots of paperwork sitting on my desk, so this current month should be good as well,” Kuipers noted.

Year to date, the residential sector featured 26 permits issued for single-family dwellings and eight multi-unit structures, for a combined residential construction value of just over $16 million. To the same point in 2018 the town issued 29 single-family dwelling permits and four multi-unit permits for a combined construction value of about $13 million.

Year to date agricultural construction, with 26 permits for $5.7 million worth of construction, is down from 2018, when 40 permits for construction worth about $10.9 had been issued by the end of September.