Construction permits down 25% in April

Ottawa's construction sector saw its worst April in at least four years, according to municipal records.

The value of local construction permits was down $39.3 million year-over-year in April.

The city issued 629 permits with a combined value of $115 million, down from 666 permits valued at $154.3 million a year earlier.

This comes after the sector recorded its best first quarter in at least four years during the first three months of 2012.

The two most valuable contracts included the superstructure of The Ravines Seniors' Suites and Retirement Residence, an eight-storey complex being built by Ashcroft Homes for $17.8 million, and the superstructure of One3One, an eight-storey condo building by Domicile Construction for $11.4 million.

The list also includes 16 permits issued to Minto Communities Inc. to build a series of three-storey stacked rowhouses on Chapman Mills Drive. Each permit is valued at $1.45 million but they are not listed below due to space considerations.

The top permits in April by value are:

 

The Ravines Seniors' Suites and Retirement Residence

(636 Prado Pvt.)

Contractor: Ashcroft Homes

Description: Construct the superstructure of an eight-storey retirement building

Value: $17,800,000

 

One3One

(131 Holland Ave.)

Contractor: Domicile Developments

Description: Construct the superstructure of an eight-storey residential building

Value: $11,400,000

 

CUPE Ottawa

(1378 Triole St.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a two-storey office building

Value: $3,668,000

 

Salvation Army

(820 Woodroffe Ave.)

Contractor: M. Sullivan & Son Ltd.

Description: Construct a one-storey addition on the main floor and interior alterations to a two-storey institutional building

Value: $3,000,000

 

Graduate Students' Association of the University of Ottawa

(601 Cumberland St.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a three-storey mixed-use building

Value: $3,000,000

 

Harris Rebar

(171 Cardevco Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a one-storey industrial building

Value: $2,312,000

 

Mountain Equipment Co-op

(366 Richmond Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct the superstructure of a two-storey addition on the side of a two-storey retail building

Value: $2,000,000

 

Ottawa Community Housing Corp.

(710 Carson's Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a block of three-storey stacked townhouses

Value: $1,753,333

 

Ottawa Community Housing Corp.

(706 Carson's Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a block of three-storey stacked townhouses

Value: $1,753,333

 

Carl Fraser & Sons Ltd

(5863 Richmond Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a six-row stall dairy facility

Value: $1,280,000

 

Ottawa Community Housing Corp.

(708 Carson's Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a block of three-storey stacked rowhouses

Value: $1,173,377

 

TD Canada Trust

(5679 Hazeldean Rd.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a one-storey retail building

Value: $1,150,000

 

Laurentian Place

(1331 Clyde Ave.)

Contractor: Unknown

Description: Construct a five-storey office building including two-level parking garage (foundation only)

Value: $1,000,000