Red Deer’s Provincial Building will benefit from some maintenance funding from the province. (Google Street View image).

Red Deer gets $2.5M for government projects, in response to COVID-19 recession

Work starts on Provincial building, Michener Centre upgrades

Construction crews are busy with upgrading at the Red Deer Provincial Building.

The Alberta government recently announced it’s doubling its capital maintenance and renewal funding in 2020-21 from $937 million to $1.9 billion.

In Red Deer, almost $2.5 million will be invested in four projects.

“Any time we invest dollars right here in Red Deer, local companies and local workers benefit. This provides a much-needed boost to our local economy during these difficult times,” said Adriana LaGrange, MLA for Red Deer-North.

The local projects are:

* Construction is about halfway done on the $1.2-million replacement of the chiller and air handling unit in the provincial building.

* Construction is underway on the $785,500 project to replace three heating boilers at Michener Centre.

* Design is being done for a $300,000 replacement of the main control hub for the security system in eight buildings within the provincial building area.

* Design is also underway on an $185,000 project to replace the hot water tank at the Roland Michener Recreation Centre.

According to Alberta Infrastructure, more capital maintenance and renewal projects will be announced in Red Deer in the near future.

“Our government is making strategic investments to … keep Red Deer working, benefiting local businesses, individuals and families,” said Jason Stephan, MLA for Red Deer-South.

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