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Bower Place mall is getting ready for new tenants

Large retailers Marshalls and Sunterra Market will be opening in Red Deer’s Bower Place mall.

General manager Sonya Hunt sees this as a vote of confidence in Red Deer and its economic recovery.

“It’s a very exciting, positive thing,” says Hunt, who considers this city “an amazing community, an excellent place to live and do business.”

Marshalls is owned by TJX Companies, the American chain that owns Winners and HomeSense. It will be opening Oct. 1 and is already taking job applications.

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Work to start soon on new south Red Deer seniors lodge

Construction is nearly set to begin on a new seniors lodge in south Red Deer.

Demolition of the old Red Deer Nursing Home at 30 Street and Bremner Avenue has been completed and work on the new facility will start by the end of August, according to a spokesperson with the Ministry of Seniors and Housing.

It was announced in March by the previous NDP government that the Piper Creek Lodge, opened in 1956 at 4820 33 Street, would be demolished […]

Building permit values slow in June

Building permit values slowed in June but are higher than values in June of 2018.  

Commercial and public permit values are significantly higher than last year; however, residential and industrial permit values have both dropped. Year-to-date building permit values remain lower than the first six months of 2018. 

Notable permits for June include improvements to a commercial building at 2610 – 50 Avenue and two additions to the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 18 Selkirk Boulevard. 

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Alberta takes bold step to increase free trade in Canada

Alberta is also launching a fast-track review of its few remaining exceptions to cut needless red tape and create jobs.

Eliminating procurement exceptions from internal trade agreements means more competition for contracts, which in turn will save Alberta taxpayers money. It will also ensure that Alberta companies are not shut out of larger markets across Canada.

The removal of ineffective and inefficient regulations is a key part of the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan to accelerate investment and get Albertans back […]

Lacombe reducing development approval red tape

The City of Lacombe is cutting down on the red tape involved in development and permit approvals.

A revised Land Use Bylaw passed this week includes a number of amendments to improve approval processes.

The bylaw streamlines procedures for the development of a new business in an existing building, and eases on-site parking requirements for businesses located in existing downtown buildings.

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Blackfalds moves up construction date for arena expansion and new library

The town of Blackfalds is fast-tracking plans to expand the arena and build a new library to take advantage of a competitive construction market. A plan to twin the Multi-Plex Arena has long been in the works and the $15-million project had been scheduled in the capital plan for 2021 and 2022. A $5-million library was to be built in 2024. However, council was told there could be significant savings if the start date for both projects is bumped […]

Sylvan Lake spending $2 million to upgrade busy intersection

Sylvan Lake town council has approved the reallocation of more than $1 million to upgrade a busy intersection.

Council had previously budgeted $1.2 million for the project at the intersection of Highway 20 and Erickson Drive.

The intersection, which features a Tim Hortons on one corner and many industrial businesses along Erickson Drive, tends to become easily congested.

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Junction 42 to welcome the public this fall

Junction 42 will open this November anchored by a Tim Horton’s, Burger King and 50s retro drive-in restaurant.

The new rest stop situated west of the QEII on north side Highway 42 at Penhold and is part of a larger plan Red Deer County has to build out the area commercially over the next several years.

Mayor Jim Wood was very excited to be on site Thursday to break ground “Red Deer County-style,” in a backhoe.

“This is going to be a […]

Building permit values continue to rise in May

Building permit values nearly doubled in May compared to April values. Commercial permit values are significantly higher than last year; however, residential permit values have dropped somewhat. Year-to-date building permit values remain lower than the first five months of 2018.

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permit values remain lower than the first five months of 2018.