Large commercial projects push value of Red Deer building permits higher in 2022

New school, child advocacy centre projects were most costly

Construction of the new Centre of Excellence helped push the overall value of the city’s 2022 building permits to $154 million last year. (Photo contributed)

Construction of the new Centre of Excellence helped push the overall value of the city’s 2022 building permits to $154 million last year. (Photo contributed)

Fewer, but larger, commercial building projects were started in Red Deer in 2022, compared to 2021.

The construction of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School, and new spaces for the child advocacy centre and Jackpot Casino helped push the overall value of the city’s 2022 building permits to $154 million last year.

This was significantly higher than the $134 million value of permits issued in 2021 — even though fewer building projects approved last year (903 projects), compared to in 2021 (1,057).

Amy Fengstad, inspections and licensing manager for the City of Red Deer, called last year consistent, especially for commercial projects.

While the total number of building permits issued in 2022 was still down from pre-pandemic years, she noted the year-over-year permit values have been slowly increasing since 2020.

Some of the largest projects of 2022 include the $22 million construction of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School in Kentwood, the $15 million Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre build, the $8.6 million relocation/renovation for the Jackpot Casino, and the $7.3 million Freshco reno of the former Port O’ Call Safeway building.

Other significant projects in 2022 included the ATB at Capstone, the Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, and an Eastview IGA renovation.

From January to December, 2022, there were 903 building permits issued in Red Deer, worth a total of $154 million. These include 213 commercial projects worth $65 million, 23 industrial projects ($5.5 million), 54 public service projects ($54 million), and 613 residential projects ($29.5 million).

By comparison, there were 1,057 building permits in total approved in the city for 2021 with a total value of $134 million. These included 289 commercial projects worth $77 million, 20 industrial projects ($1.1 million), 64 public service ($24 million) and 684 residential ($33 million).

Fengstad noted many Red Deerians took advantage of pandemic lockdowns in 2021 to get smaller renovation projects completed around the house. More building permits were, therefore, issued for such projects as deck replacements and kitchen and bathroom re-dos in 2021 than 2022.

A year-to-year comparison for December showed a slight decrease in building activities last month, compared to December, 2021.

Last month 49 permits were approved, valued at $4.5 million. This compares with 58 permits issued in December, 2021, worth $6.5 million, according to data released by the City of Red Deer on Tuesday.

Notable December permits include: tenant improvements at 1117-2827 30 Avenue, valued at $1 million, interior and exterior renovations to an existing building at 101-5589 47 Street, valued at $520,000, and construction of two modular classrooms and connecting hallway at 100-56 Holt Street, valued at $450,000.

As well, permits were issued for interior renovations and subdivision into three to four legal units at 210-5002 55 Street, valued at $315,000. And a building permit for construction of a new salon was approved for at 1-5579 47 Street, valued at $250,000.

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