timberland outlets 2018 off to slow start for new Windsor homes
After Windsor experienced one of its best Januarys ever for single family home starts a year ago, the start of this year saw the same category virtually disappear.
No building permits for new single family homes were issued last month, compared to 12 permits for homes worth $4.3 million issued to developers in January 2017.
The winter months are usually slow for new builds, but last year hot start carried through the balance of 2017, with Windsor logging a record year in new residential construction.
City officials are still anticipating a healthy construction year for Windsor in 2018, but perhaps not as big as 2017, when the municipality issued over 4,100 building permits (everything from backyard pools to new schools) worth about $360 million in new construction.
Storm sewers and a portable toilet remain on empty building lots on 2200 block of Daytona Avenue Feb. 5, 2018.
think it going to be pretty steady on the residential construction side, said Joe Baker, the city manager of permit services. commercial, industrial and institutional, it should be a busy year as well. semi detached unit construction fell by more than half for the month, from $3.5 million in 2017 to $1.6 million this year. Row housing construction permits worth $4.2 million were issued in January, compared to $11.7 million for the same period a year ago. Last month total for row housing consisted of a single, 16 unit townhouse project by Coco Developments, with units valued in the $257,000 to $269,000 range.
saw peak activity in 2017, said John Revell,
Windsor chief building official.
Offsetting the decline in residential, however, Windsor saw big upticks in other construction categories, with government and institutional jumping from $310,000 in January 2017 to $7.1 million last month. Industrial construction rose from $141,000 to $906,000 January to January and commercial climbed from $2.2 million to $3.7 million.
Among the top projects so far this year: $4.4 million for the new public library in Olde Sandwich, renovations to the tunnel duty free shop ($2 million), a new private hangar at Windsor Airport ($1.9 million) and part of the latest phase of a new commercial centre at 650 Division Rd. ($750,000).
Storm sewers sits on empty building lots on 2200 block of Daytona Avenue Feb. 5, 2018.
Revell said a number of factors may be contributing to the slow 2018 start, including a much colder January this year compared to 2017. He said Windsor developers are also still playing catch up in getting land prepared after the 2008 recession that all but put a freeze on residential construction.
went through a tremendous dry period, said Revell, adding his department has only recently been ramping up its staffing to meet a growing demand for building permits.
and developers are hungry for land there a shortage of building lots, said Revell.
Another factor is the general shortage of sub trades like those who do drywall. One consequence, said Revell, is Coco putting aside, for now, its plans for a new single family home subdivision, focusing instead on townhouses.