Wind power association pursues partnership with solar, other technologies

The president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association says the industry has proven that wind can compete on price with other sources of electrical power but now it must prove it can be just as reliable.

Addressing the opening session of the 35th CanWEA annual wind energy conference and exhibition in Calgary, Robert Hornung said that is why next year’s conference will switch to a new format in which wind, solar, storage and other renewable technologies will get equal billing.

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Blackfalds plans $5-million deal to buy buildings for new public works and parks facilities

When the Town of Blackfalds was first approached to buy a former trucking company site to convert into a municipal facility, the offer was $8.3 million for eight acres and three buildings. That price tag was a little high, so the town held off — a strategy that has paid dividends. A deal will soon be closed to spend $5 million to buy the trucking firm’s three buildings and 10 acres to bring the town’s public works and parks […]

Building permit values drop in September

Building permit values dropped in all four categories in September, despite an increase in total number of permits issued.

94 permits were issued in September 2019 with a combined value of just over $11.3 million, compared to 92 permits issued in September 2018, valued at $33.7 million. Year-to-date totals are nearly $70 million less than during the first nine months of 2019.

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MPC approves six-story addition adjacent to Points West Living

Red Deer’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) has given the green light for a new addition to an existing senior’s home on the west side.

A development permit was granted Tuesday for a six-story, 150 unit assisted living facility adjacent to Points West Living on Taylor Drive, north of 67 Street.

The new facility will be connected to the north side of the current Points West Living building completed in 2016 and contain commercial uses, as a minimum, on the ground floor, […]

Detailed designs being finalized for Blackfalds Multi-Plex expansion

Officials with the Town of Blackfalds say the community’s Multi-Plex expansion project remains on track and on budget.

On Monday, council approved the latest expansion project designs and directed administration to assist ACI Architects in finalizing detailed designs for the roughly $12.4 million project.

According to officials, $12 million is currently set aside in the Town’s 10 Year Capital Plan for a twinning of the existing arena, with another $4 million set aside for a new library to be included in […]

Hospice expansion nearly complete

The $5.2 million expansion to the Red Deer Hospice is nearly complete, on-time and on-budget.

Val Hilario, Expansion Campaign Coordinator for the Red Deer Hospice Society, says they will take possession of the expanded area next week and hope to have residents in the new rooms by November 1.

“It’s really exciting. It means 100 more residents each year can receive care that we are able to provide for those already here,” she said Wednesday.

The expansion includes six new beds, […]

Proposed Red Deer seniors lodge closer to final approval

Construction may soon be going ahead on a new assisted living facility in Red Deer’s Bower neighbourhood.

On Aug. 7, the City’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) approved a development permit for Chandos Construction to build a three-storey, 90-unit assisted living facility at 4736 30 Street in Red Deer, site of the former Red Deer Nursing Home.

As for the building itself, it is planned to be finished in vinyl siding , hardie plank trim, pre-finished metal flashing and cultured stone accents. […]

July sees growth in building permits

After a decrease in applications in June, July saw a healthy rebound in the number of new building permits issued. Permit totals rose to 136 in July, thanks in part to a significant jump in commercial permits. Residential and public permits also saw modest increases, while the number of industrial permits maintained a status quo.

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Rebalancing Red Deer’s residential growth begins with Hazlett Lake plans

A plan has been set in motion to rebalance Red Deer’s growth by creating future neighbourhoods in the northwest of the city.

About 249 acres north of Edgar Industrial Park will become the new Hazlett Lake multi-neighbourhood area over the next decade or two.

Conditional approval was granted by the city’s municipal planning commission this month, kick-starting work under an area structure plan that received the green light from city council last November.

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Wolf Creek seeks new 7-12 school in Blackfalds

A new Grade 7 to 12 school is the top wish list item for Wolf Creek Public Schools after the Board of Trustees passed the district’s updated Three Year Capital Plan.

The unanimous approval came Monday following a comprehensive review and study of all schools in the division commissioned this past spring though Group 2 Architecture.

The revised capital plan also comes from extensive and collaborative dialogue with the Town of Blackfalds, which has long advocated for a high school […]