Highest numbers of housing starts and completed units in ten years
The numbers of housing starts and completed housing units in Helsinki hit record highs in January-March this year: the numbers were the highest recorded in the past ten years. Thus the number of housing units under construction remained at a high level. However, the number of building permits granted was exceptionally low. But according to information released by the Building Control Department, the number of applications for building permits for housing production has been high, and the number of permits granted during the second quarter of the year should equal the average number of permits granted in recent years.
Assessed by the type of home ownership, the housing production of the early 2017 has been marked by a large number of state-subsidized rental units. More Ara rental units have been completed so far this year than during the entire 2016. Assessed by the types of housing under construction, it is evident that the number of new Ara units of the total will level off during the rest of the year.
More than one-fifth of the housing units under construction are located in Jätkäsaari. Housing production is proceeding at a fast pace in the project areas of Kruunuvuorenranta and Kuninkaankolmio, that is, Kuninkaantammi and Honkasuo. The share of large project areas of all project areas is about 45 percent.
In January-March, a total of 1,365 housing units were completed in Helsinki, 1,376 units were started, and permits were granted for 802 units.