Red Deer building permit numbers up, but values down in 2017

By Sheldon Spackman
January 5, 2018 - 3:47pm

There were some positive signs in the number of building permits issued in the City of Red Deer last year.

In December, the City says 65 permits were issued valued at $4.7 million, up from 47 permits issued during the same month in 2016 valued at $6.8 million.

Numbers for all of 2017 show 1,205 building permits issued and valued at nearly $153 million. That compares with 1,078 permits issued in 2016 valued at $247.4 million.

Although 2017’s building permit values are down significantly from the year before, city officials say it’s largely due to major construction projects related to the 2019 Canada Winter Games getting started in 2016. Projects such as the new Servus Arena and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, together valued at more than $90 million.

Other games-related construction which began last year, saw $6.5 million in renovations to the former Central Elementary School which will serve as the Canada Games Celebration Plaza in February of 2019 and be the new location for the City’s Culture Services Centre. Also, $3.5 million in upgrades to Great Chief Park which will see a new recreation facility addition, complete with pavilion, garage, artificial turf field and a skating oval.

Games construction aside, residential building permit values increased from over $44 million in 2016 to over $50 million in 2017.

Other significant projects getting started in the past year include a new five-story residence on the campus of RDC, a new downtown apartment building, renovations at the Parkland Mall, a Lowe’s in the south end, a new Quinn Artificial Lift Services facility and a three-story medical office building at the bottom of the South Hill.

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