It was a busy year for construction in North Bay.

According to the City, the year-end building permits show that 2019 represented the second-highest year on record, and highest since 2006. Building permit values finished at $93.3 million which was almost $30 million higher than 2018’s total of approximately $65 million.

“We are pleased with how we ended the year. Council has been focused on growth and the second-highest construction year on record is a positive indicator for our economy,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “We’re looking forward to another strong year of building construction in 2020.”

The city says commercial building permits represented the biggest jump at $45.5 million, up from $17.4 the year before. Other areas of growth included industrial building permits, which totalled $12.7 million and were up approximately $1.6 million, and residential construction finished at $22.5 million, an increase of more than $7.8 million from 2018.

Those numbers contributed to a total of 96 new dwellings, including 33 single-family dwellings, nine semi-detached units, three duplexes, and 51 townhouse or apartment units that sprung up around North Bay in 2019.

Two areas that saw regression was miscellaneous and institutional building permits. They wrapped up the year at $10.6 million and $1.97 million respectively, compared to $19.6 million and $2.18 million in 2018.