The number of City of Red Deer building permits climbed in July compared to the same month last year, but the total value of permits dropped.
Last month, the city issued 136 permits with an estimated total value of $6.4 million. Last year, 113 permits were issued in July valued at $9.1 million.
Commercial permits rose to 43 from 25 compared to July 2018. Public permits doubled to 10. Residential permits increased slightly to 79 from 76. Industrial permits dropped to four from seven.
In June, 105 permits were issued and included 71 residential buildings, 24 commercial, four industrial and six public.
Notable permits for July included interior and exterior renovations at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools’ Monfort Centre, located at 3827 39th St., along with the City of Red Deer’s cultural services.
Red Deer Catholic was also undertaking secure entry renovations at four schools: St. Martin de Porres (3911 57A Ave.), St. Elizabeth Seton (35 Addinell Ave.), St. Francis Assisi (321 Lindsay Ave.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (3821 39th St.).
Red Deer Mitsubishi received a permit to undertake exterior image renovations.
Between January and July, the city issued 666 permits compared to 606 during the same period in 2018.
The total value of permits for the first seven months of 2019 was estimated at $81.3 million, which is down from $106.4 in 2018.