LETHBRIDGE: There has been only a slight drop in the number of new home starts in Lethbridge this
year compared to last.
As of the end of November, there has been a combined 582
single and multi-family home starts in in the city, compared to 617 by the same
time last year. Multi-family home starts are almost on-par with last year's
number (99 so far in 2013 compared to 108 in 2012), while most of the decline is
in single family starts (483 to the end of November, compared to 509 during the
first eleven months of 2012).
On a provincial basis, new home starts are running ahead, year-to-date, with
30,141 combined new starts to the end of November, which compares with 28,481
during the same time last year.
Edmonton, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo are
responsible for most of the increase in new home construction, while other centres have all seen declines
in new home starts. Most significant is a decline in new home construction in
Calgary. Many construction crews in that city have been working on rebuilding
flooded homes there and in surrounding communities.