Residential construction is still behind last year’s pace, according to City of Red Deer building permit statistics. Red Deer Advocate file photo

Residential construction is still behind last year’s pace, according to City of Red Deer building permit statistics. Red Deer Advocate file photo

City buiding permit numbers up but values down

Red Deer issued 773 building permits by September, compared with 571 last year

City of Red Deer’s building permit numbers are up over last year, helped by a stronger residential sector.

The city handed out 773 building permits worth $83.1 million to the end of August, compared with 571 permits and $105.3 million last year.

On the residential side, 483 permits worth $23.3 million were issued, compared with 392 worth $13.5 million a year ago.

The number of commercial permits is also up, although the value of those projects is on par with last year. There were 227 permits worth $41.8 million issued this year, compared with 129 worth $41.5 million last year.

Construction in the industrial sector appears to be slow. There were 17 permits issued worth just under $1.1 million to the end of August. Over the same eight months last year, 21 permits worth $20.8 million were handed out.

The public service building sector has seen more permits issued, 46 compared with 29 last year, but the value is down — $16.9 million this year, compared with $29.3 million last year.

Notable August permits include:

•$692,640 for a single-storey commercial retail building at 4110 Thorburne Ave.

•Tenant improvements for new equipment requirements at 4312 54th Avenue saw a $449,500 permit issued

•Tenant improvements for a new restaurnt at 5 Dunlop St. had a $350,000 permit



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