WORKING- A student from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School worked on cutting a piece of metal on the job site as part of the Building Opportunities program in Red Deer on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The program offers Grade 11 and 12 students from NDHS an opportunity to participate in the construction of a house. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express

WORKING- A student from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School worked on cutting a piece of metal on the job site as part of the Building Opportunities program in Red Deer on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The program offers Grade 11 and 12 students from NDHS an opportunity to participate in the construction of a house. Zachary Cormier/Red Deer Express

Red Deer construction off to a slower start in 2022

Number of building permits issued by city down through first quarter compared with 2021

The first construction quarter of 2022 was slower than a year ago, based on City of Red Deer building permits.

There were 155 building permits of all kinds worth $36.6 million handed out up to the end of March this year, compared with 209 permits worth $19.6 million a year ago.

Month-over-month numbers are also down with 67 permits worth $9.5 million issued in March, compared with 97 permits worth $13.1 million in March 2021.

Residential building, which is considered a key economic indicator, is also down compared with a year ago.

There have been 103 residential permits worth just over $5 million issued through three months, compared with 130 worth $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. March numbers are also down from a year ago, with 50 permits worth $2.4 million issued last month, compared with 66 worth $4.2 million in March 2021.

While the value of all permitted work is nearly double last year, it is being driven by a big boost in public service construction, which is largely government-funded. Seven public service permits worth $17.7 million have been issued to the end of March, compared with 13 worth $1.9 million a year ago.

The value of commercial permits is up so far this year — $13.6 million, compared with $10 million — but the number of permits is down— 39 against 58 a year ago. In March, there were 15 permits worth $6.9 million, down from March 2021 when 23 permits worth $7.1 million were issued.

Industrial construction has been almost non-existent so far this year. Six permits worth $154,000 have been issued in three months. It was not much better a year ago when the numbers were eight permits and $265,820. Only a single permit was issued last month and in March 2021. They were worth $6,000 and $5,200 respectively.

Among the bigger projects is a commercial building with daycare and private school near 30th Avenue in southeast Red Deer. The permit issued was worth $2.8 million.

A permit for a project valued at $2.5 million was issued for interior and exterior renovations of the Central Alberta Co-op Home and Garden Centre on Riverside Drive. A $1.2 million permit was also issued for the construction of fitness space, offices and a daycare at Bower Place shopping mall.



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