Pace of city permits remains sluggish

The City of Red Deer continues to issue building permits at a sluggish pace, compared with the volumes of a year ago.

The City of Red Deer continues to issue building permits at a sluggish pace, compared with the volumes of a year ago.

The city reported on Wednesday that it approved 74 building permits in March, with these having a combined value of $5.7 million.

In March 2008, there were 113 permits worth $33.3 million issued — although last year’s tally included $16.5 million related to the Views at St. Joseph’s condominium project, $3.3 million for The Brick’s new building, and $2.5 million each for renovations to the Golden Circle and the new Gord Scott Nissan premises.

Among the permits approved last month were 52 for residential projects valued at $2.5 million, 18 for $2.4 million worth of commercial work, and three with a value of $700,000 in the public category. There was also a $100,000 industrial project approved.

For the first quarter of 2009, the city issued 242 building permits worth $17.2 million. That compares with 358 permits valued at $58.4 million for the same period in 2008.

Residential projects for the January-to-March period in 2009 totalled $9.6 million, down from $39.3 million in 2008. The figure for commercial projects so far this year is $6.1 million, down from $15.6 million; public permit values slid to $924,000 from $2.8 million; and industrial permits to date in 2009 have accounted for $595,000, as compared with $718,000 a year earlier.

“While permits have been off to a slow start in the first three months, we remain optimistic that with spring approaching more homeowners will take advantage of the federal government tax credits and will start applying for permits for their summer projects, along with some proposed major construction projects,” said Russ Pye, a supervisor with the Inspections and Licensing Department, in a news release.

Among the bigger building permits issued in March was one to Timcon Construction for $800,000 worth of interior renovations to the Millennium Centre. Bower Place Shopping Centre also continued to generate permits related to construction of new stores and renovations of existing ones.

In February, the city approved $5.4 million worth of construction. That included $1 million for renovations to Servus Credit Union’s 6757 50th Ave. branch.

Just Posted

Councillors want to represent Red Deer at AUMA

City council approves endorsement

Cannabis smoke raises health concerns

Smoke Free Bylaw returns to Red Deer city council Sept. 4

Avid Penhold climber Catlin Hannah’s death a reminder of the dangers of scrambling

Hannah never returned from his Mount Smuts attempt on Aug. 12.

Children, elderly at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

VANCOUVER — Thick smoke blanketing British Columbia communities far from any flames… Continue reading

WATCH: Medicine River Wildlife Centre opens new playground

The grand opening of the playground was Saturday morning

Police chiefs want new data-sharing treaty with U.S. as privacy questions linger

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are pressing the Trudeau government to sign… Continue reading

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the… Continue reading

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

ESCUMINAC, N.B. — Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance… Continue reading

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in next year’s election

MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau will run again in the 2019 federal election.… Continue reading

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

VANCOUVER — More smoky, hazy air is expected to blanket much of… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — Several pipeline protesters were released from a British… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month