Development Sending Positive Buzz About the City
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George is open for business “It’s been a very long time since we have seen two cranes working on different sites in the City” says Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall.
The building permit value for the first half of the year, totals $70.8 million. “I don’t know if that’s a record” said Councillor Albert Koehler, “It very clearly shows, that something is happening, that construction is going on, significant construction which, in my opinion, the two major projects will be game changers in this community.”
While it would be easy to pull the permit value of the Riverbend Seniors complex from the mix and say the year to date figure is closer to $50 million, that doesn’t erase the number of permits issued January to end of June this year.
As of the end of June, there have been 218 permits issued. That’s about 100 more than the same period in 2014, and nearly three times the number (80) issued January to end of June in 2015.
Councillor Garth Frizzell says while the City has always been saying it is “open for business” that is the message that is now being expressed by developers. In the case of both the Riverbend Seniors development and the Courtyard Marriott hotel, developers praised the City and the Development Services Department for their efforts to bring projects to life.
Mayor Hall says the two major projects are an affirmation that Prince George is on the right path “I think the economic impact around employment and the companies in town who depend on these big projects When we take a look at those two projects, 90% of those dollars are private sector dollars. When the private sector decides to invest in your community you know they have faith in what we’re doing as a community and faith in what Prince George is all about.”