Construction boom indicative of growing city, says Venture Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS — The dirt is moving along the Halston Connector, the start of another construction project.

U-Haul is building a $10 million self-storage unit, one development that’s helping to facilitate a construction boom so far in 2018.

“We’re at $77.1 million to date compared to $32 million and a bit last year at this time,” says the city’s building and engineering development manager Jason Dixon. “We’ve seen a good balance. In the last few years, we’ve seen more residential activity. This year, we’re starting to see more commercial and institutional activity.”

The $77 million in permits includes work on two apartment buildings that will stand on McGill across from TRU.

Another big project contributing to the boom is the Hudson’s Bay Landing development — formerly Mission Hill — a project that’s had trouble getting off the ground. But Brentwood Developments has a new contractor and is re-starting the project after another setback.

“They’ve changed contractors, but Brentwood is still the owner of the project, so that’s who we have our dealings with. We just know we’ve issued a permit to pick up from the restoration work that’s been done and finish the building,” says Dixon.

The plethora of commercial and residential projects are indicative of growth in the city, according to Venture Kamloops.

“We said if construction happened and units became available, then that would attract business. I think we’re in that cycle now,” notes Venture Kamloops executive director Jim Anderson. “The opportunities have been identified, they’re being taken advantage of. People are going ahead on major projects.”

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By Chad Klassen

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