Construction in Red Deer is off to a slow start, based on the number of building permits issued.
The city issued 52 permits worth $4.5 million last month, compared with 70 permits valued at $20.2 million in February 2019.
So far this year, 108 permits have been issued, compared with 156 through the first two months of 2019.
However, the value of the work is up significantly — $65.1 million this year, compared with $40.7 million last year.
The 2020 number is bumped up by $25 million in public facilities, which includes a $22.8-million, 90-unit assisted living facility going up at 4736 30th St., compared with only $604,000 in public permits last year.
Residential construction is a little slower than last year, with 53 permits worth $2.7 million issued this year, compared with 67 permits worth $3.8 million last year.
On the commercial side, 37 permits worth $30.5 million have been issued, compared with 75 worth $34.6 million last year. Nine industrial permits worth $6.8 million compare with 10 and $1.6 million in 2019.
There were a number of significant projects getting their permits last month. An $800,000 permit was issued to Bower Place mall for work that will see a retail space carved up into smaller units, the removal of an exterior entrance and installation of two new entrances.
An office interior renovation permit was issued worth $425,000 for a company in Edgar Industrial Park.
Red Deer Emergency Services got a permit to install a diesel extraction system at the fire hall at 4340 32nd St., a project worth $347,341.
Interior renovations at the RCMP detachment received a permit for $259,000 in work.