The value of construction in Chatham-Kent during 2017 rose by more than $53 million to top the $144 million mark.
Final figures for the year showed although permits declined from 995 in 2016 to 969 last year, the total value was significantly higher than 2016’s mark of $95.1 million.
The biggest single increase was in the industrial category where 71 permits valued at $41 million were issued as compared with 32 permits for $3.3 million issued the year before.
Even without the jump in industrial construction, the community saw an overall increase on the strength of residential work, which grew from $46.8 million to $62.7 million. Included in that number were 127 new dwellings with a value of $38.7 million.
Slight increases were seen in the commercial category ($14.7 million up from $14.2 million) and institutional ($7.6 million from $7.4 million).
The value of agricultural construction declined from $19.3 million to $18.2 million.