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New home building breaks Town records

Development is going on like gangbusters in Fort Erie, especially in Ridgeway and Thunder Bay, breaking all records for the first three months of any year, almost double the average over the past five years.

Planning and development services director for the Town, Rick Brady, reported to council that 37 new permits were issued for residential homes in Fort Erie.

Ridgeway continues to be the most popular area for new homes, with slightly more than half the permits issued, mostly from the Oaks at Six Mile Creek subdivision on the remnant lands of the former Thunder Bay golf course.

Seven permits were issued for Crystal Beach, five for Garrison Road and four in the Spears-High Pointe subdivision north of Garrison Road near Crescent Park. Another permit was issued for Stevensville and another for an unspecified rural area.

Brady said the activity is “spectacular,” but it brings with it additional pressure on staff and the department is finding it difficult to recruit people “because of wages.”

“We need one additional in building and a junior person in planning,” he said.

The total value of the new construction in the quarter is $17,275,000.

Brady said he expects the robust activity to carry through for the rest of the year. While there were no new subdivision plans registered, two are expected for the next three months adding 195 properties to the available inventory that now numbers 507.