Building activity steady

Overall, for the year, there were 29 housing unit and 70 permits totalling $10.4 million issued in Armstrong

Building in Armstrong and Spallumcheen continued to boom as 2015 came to a close.

Statistics from the Regional District of North Okanagan show there were no housing units and one building permit issued in the city in December with a value of $222,000. That’s down from one start and two permits in the same month in 2014.

Overall, for the year, there were 29 housing unit and 70 permits totalling $10.4 million issued in 2015 in Armstrong, up from 19 and 38 totalling nearly $6 million the year before.

“One of the big permits this year was the fire hall (expansion),” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

“There was excellent building in Spallumcheen as well, which bodes well for both communities.”

In the township, no housing units started in December but five building permits valued at $222,000 were issued. That’s down from four and five worth nearly $1.8 million in December 2014.

However, for the year, values nearly tripled.

There were 12 units and 62 permits issued valued at slightly more than $15.1 million. The year before, 13 units and 47 permits were issued at a value of just under $5.8 million.

This will be the last RDNO statistical report for city council as it will get a report from its new building inspection service at the end of January.