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Wild winter slows start of Moncton’s building season

April 22, 2014

MONCTON - A winter marked by unrelenting snowstorms, howling winds and freezing temperatures delayed the start of Moncton’s building season during the first quarter of the year. However, there were clear indications of a quick recovery by the end of March.

“Building permits were relatively solid in the first quarter despite the long and harsh winter", explained Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc.  “We are pleased with the investment in residential and commercial projects and we expect to see things pick up significantly over the next number of weeks as we head into a busier time of year for construction".

In fact, March totals this year inched ahead by $603,920 over totals for March, 2013. Total number of building permits issued for March of this year amounted to $5,889,865 and the year-to-date total is $15,580,862.

However, that is down from $24,234,005 recorded at the end of March, 2013.

Commercial construction amounted for $680,500 of the March totals.

Heading the building permits in value was a $175,000 permit issued to Duparc Real Estate Group to conduct interior renovations to the basement, first and second floor of the building located at the corner of Main and Church streets, to create the restaurant Piatto Pizzeria and Enoteca.

The restaurant will serve authentic Neopolitan pizza and is set for a June 1 opening. Described by owner Brian Vallis as a “cool and hip” restaurant, it will feature an open mezzanine and an oven imported from Naples, Italy.

A building permit for $170,000 was issued to the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. Among the work being done is a complete overhaul of the third-floor of the multi-use theatre. The almost 100-year-old Botsford Street building is also getting a state of the art professional theatre for dance and other showcases.

Place Broadway at 700 St. George Blvd. has a permit for $140,000 to conduct renovations include fitting up Terra Verde.

Institutional construction amounted to $548,000 for March, led by a $523,000 permit to Moncton Hospital for interior renovations to an operating room.

Residential construction totaled $4,313,265.

February’s overall building statistics figures were down to $5,841,629 compared to last year’s total of $6,817,959.

February’s figures were bolstered by a $5,000,000 building permit issued to Merchants Bank Developments Ltd. at 230 Frenette Avenue for the construction of a 100,000 square foot warehouse.

Another $125,000 went to for a permit to start renovation work at the Capitol Theatre that will ultimately see $500,000 in upgrades.

January’s building permits were down to 26 from the previous year’s 45. Total value this year for January was $3,849,368, compared to $12,130.101 for the same period in 2013.

“There are a number of big projects in the works for 2014, so we are confident our construction season will take a considerable hike over the next quarter of the year as winter eases and our builders can get started on outdoor projects,” said Kevin Silliker, director of economic development for the City of Moncton.

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Isabelle LeBlanc
Director, Communications
City of Moncton
(506) 853-3592 / Isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca