Windsor Sees Construction Boom In 2017

2017 is looking like one of the busiest construction years on record for the City of Windsor.

Nearly $360-million in construction activity was recorded in 2017, up from $326-million in 2016.

Chief Building Official for the City of Windsor, John Revell, says the figures are comparable to the booming 90's and maybe even a bit better.

Revell points to a sharp increase in building permits being issued with 4,135 approved in 2017 compared to 2,662 in 2016.

The first half of 2017 was a barn burner for the city with a 54% year-over-year increase in commercial construction.

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Artist rendering of the entrance being built as part of a new food court at Devonshire Mall. (Photo courtesy of Devonshire Mall)

Revell says by the end of 2017, 212-million-dollars in non-residential construction was recorded up from 160-million in 2016.

He says the building department has been working full tilt to keep up with the demand.

"The economy in the city is just on fire and there's been a lot of construction going on."

Revell says non-residential construction ended the year with $212-million in activity up from $160-million in 2016.

"This type of construction activity represents a lot of economic activity to the city," says Revell. "We've been able to manage the workload here in [the building department] — we added a few staff members and we've refined our processes to try to streamline, make ourselves operate as efficiently as possible to keep up."

Revell adds projects like the new Ambassador Bridge span and Gordie Howe Bridge will give Windsor an economic boost, but the building department at city hall won't see much benefit as the projects are handled federally.

He points to the newly approved mega hospital in Windsor as a major upcoming project that will directly benefit the city.