Media Release - Lincoln Exceeds $120 Million in Construction Value
For Immediate Release
Lincoln has record-breaking year in 2018 exceeding over $120 million in construction value
Lincoln, ON – (Jan. 31, 2019) – The Town of Lincoln is recognizing a record-breaking 2018 with $127,496,015 million in construction value, that is expected to continue over the next few years with projects such as Prudhomme’s, West Niagara Secondary School, and other institutional, commercial, industrial and residential projects.
Lincoln has not experienced this level of construction value in decades. The closest was in 2013 with $78 million. From 2017 to 2018, the value doubled. The 2018 value is divided into institutional, commercial, industrial and residential activity such as Outdoor Travel RV Sales, The Jacob retirement residence & Cherry Heights residential neighbourhood.
“Council is committed to creating a sustainable community from an infrastructure and financial standpoint,” stated Mayor Sandra Easton. “Municipalities rely on development charges to help pay for new or upgraded roads, transit, water, and sewer infrastructure, community centres, and emergency service facilities. With the growing infrastructure funding gap that all municipalities are facing across Ontario, Councils must look to opportunities that sustain core infrastructure, while building complete communities.”
New construction is an economic driver for communities. “Construction creates jobs, it’s that simple” said CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “Jobs are created at the time of build and post-construction as employers need personnel for their new business. These jobs bring people to Lincoln that spend money every day in our community, whether eating, shopping, accessing services, all that support our many businesses.”
Every municipality looks to diversify their tax base to help lessen the burden on the residential taxpayer. “The more industry, commercial enterprises, and institutions Lincoln can attract, the lighter the tax load our residents have to carry,” stated Councillor Paul MacPherson, Chair, Planning and Economic Development Committee. “These results show that Council’s investment in economic development and being Open for Business, is paying off.”
In addition to the community impact, construction creates service delivery demands for municipalities. “Our planning and building staff demand is significant when it comes to supporting this type of construction in our communities,” stated Kathleen Dale, Director of Planning and Development. “However, all departments are impacted by construction, with many touch points across our organization. This is a huge accomplishment for Lincoln, and we thank all staff for their skill, hard work, and dedication.”
Chief Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Office of the CAO
Town of Lincoln
Office: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
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