Building season underway

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — Construction season is in full swing as excavation equipment prepares many parts of Thunder Bay for new buildings.

Work has begun on the reconstruction of the former Finnish Labour Temple and construction is underway on two lots on Fort William Road and one on Dawson Road.

Penny Kok, director of planning services with the City of Thunder Bay, says she can’t speculate but it appears that the number of issued building permits is on the rise.

“It’s too soon to see so far this year,” she said. “I think our permit numbers are up and last year was up from the previous year, but it’s way too early to speculate.”

Of the two Fort William Road build sites, Kok says the city issued a foundation-only permit for a multi-tenant commercial building on one site and a permit for a foundation and building shell on the second site.

“We are currently reviewing an application for Burger King to go in one of those tenant’s spaces,” Kok said.

The land has been cleared and excavated for the construction of a six-plex building on Dawson Road and Piccadilly Avenue.

Permits have also been issued for the Home Hardware expansion, construction of an apartment building on Kingsway, and another hotel on Arthur Street on the west side of the Hampton Inn Suites, which is well underway.

Sandi Krasowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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