Red Deer permits rise but behind 2012

A municipal approval for $12 million worth of work at Quinn Pumps’ premises in Riverside Heavy Industrial Park helped boost the City of Red Deer’s building permit values in May to $30.1 million.

A municipal approval for $12 million worth of work at Quinn Pumps’ premises in Riverside Heavy Industrial Park helped boost the City of Red Deer’s building permit values in May to $30.1 million. But that tally still came up short of the $33.2 million worth of permits issued by the city in the same month of 2012.

The value of industrial permits approved last month, which was helped by the Quinn Pumps’ project, was $13.7 million — up from $2 million in May 2012.

Public permit values jumped to $3.2 million, with this figure attributable to an addition to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 8 Keast Way in Kentwood. Last May, the figure in the public category was $415,000.

Meanwhile, residential approvals were down sharply this May, to $12.3 million from $26.6 million last year. The May 2012 total included a permit valued at $17.4 million for the first phase of Covenant Health’s 100-bed assisted living facility in Clearview Ridge.

Commercial permit values also dropped this May, to $894,000 from $4.2 million a year earlier. The latter figure included a $2-million approval for the new Shopper’s Drug Mart store at Clearview Market Square.

So far in 2013, the city has authorized $101.4 million in work, with $47.8 million of this in the residential category.

That compares with $105.6 million to the same point last year, when residential permit values had reached $62 million.

The Quinn Pumps permit, issued to Camdon Construction Ltd., was for work at 4080 77th St. The assets of Quinn Pumps’ parent company, Quinn’s Oilfield Supply Ltd., was purchased by Lufkin Industries, Inc. in 2011.