Business booming for builders again 0
By Lorne Stelmach
New construction in the Morden and Winkler area is well on the way to making big recovery in 2012.
Building development statistics had continued to rise to the half point of the year, according to the building permit report of the MSTW (Morden Stanley Thompson and Winkler) Planning District to the end of June.
In an earlier interview, MSTW board chairperson Henry Siemens had said the increase was exceeding their expectations.
He suggested they were not surprised to see the increase in single new housing starts but the bonus for the region is the addition of new duplex and multiple family projects as well.
"The numbers are quite a bit ahead," said Siemens.
"We're seeing a lot of those different types of developments coming along ... and the affordability factor than gets better too with those kinds of housing options," he added.
In the region as a whole, single housing starts had increased from 69 to 116, while the number of new duplex units were up from 6 to 20 and multiple family units had risen from 93 to 152. That means the total number of new housing units in the region had increased from 168 to 288.
Permits for all residential construction had increased from 170 to 274, while the value of the new development had also risen from $29.3 to $41.5 million.
New single housing starts were valued at $19.4 million, while the new multiple family residential units were valued at $15 million and the new duplex development at $2.6 million.
Building permits overall in the district had increased from 235 to 350, while the value of the development had risen from $42.1 to $51.9 million.
The boost has come almost entirely from the residential sector, while new construction in other sectors including for commercial and industrial use have remained relatively stable.
Permits for commercial-related construction were up slightly from 39 to 43, although the value of the development was down from $8.5 to $6.6 million. And industrial permits were up from 10 to 14 with the value of the development also having risenfrom $2.3 to $2.9 million.
Here is a look at how the pace of new development broke down in Winkler, Morden and the Rural Municipality of Stanley as of the end of June:
- Total permits - up from 49 to 80; value of the development is down from $17.3 to $8.6 million.
- Residential development - total new residential units are down from 100 to 61. Single housing units are up from 15 to 27; duplex units are even at two; multiple family units are down from 83 to 32.
- Residential permits - increase from 38 to 65; value of development decreased from $15.2 to $7.8 million; value of new single housing starts just over $4.7 million; new multi-family units valued at $2.1 million.
The number of housing units and the development value were inflated in 2011 by the construction of the new Homestead Manitoba assisted living complex.
- Total permits - increase from 112 to 176; value of the development is also doubled from $16.1 to $30.8 million.
- Residential development - total new residential units are up from 45 to 196. Single new housing units are up from 31 to 58; duplex units have risen from 4 to 18; multiple family units are up from 10 to 120.
- Residential permits - increase from 71 to 131; value of development increased from $8 to $25.8 million; value of new single housing starts at $9.6 million; new multi-family development at $12.8 million and duplexes at $2.3 million.
RM OF STANLEY
- Total permits - increase from 62 to 88; value of the development is also up from $7.7 to $12 million.
- Residential development - total new residential units are up from 19 to 28 and are all single new housing units.
- Residential permits - increase from 54 to 73; value of development increased from $5.4 to $7.4 million; value of new single housing starts at $4.8 million.