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