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.

Updated: Lacombe not happy with proposed Highway 2 rest stop location

A provincial plan to build a rest stop along Highway 2 is heading in the wrong direction, says the City of Lacombe.

The province said in March it planned to build a commercial safety rest area on the highway, just outside north Lacombe at Wolf Creek, to serve the 14,000 vehicles passing by daily.

The stop off for drivers would include a gas station and other commercial opportunities such as restaurants.

The plan rang alarm bells among Lacombe planners, who pointed out […]

Penhold Multiplex to see major upgrades

The Penhold Multiplex, which Mayor Mike Yargeau calls the hub of the community, is set to receive major upgrades in the coming months.

First will be the installation of 1,092 solar panels on the facility’s roof at a cost of $750,000, which Yargeau says the Town will recoup in energy savings in less than two years.

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RDC apprenticeship students competing at 2019 Skills Canada Nationals

Red Deer College will be well-represented at the 25th Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 28 and 29 with six apprenticeship students and alumni competing at the annual event.

Three of the competitors are gold medal winners from the recent Skills Canada Alberta Provincial Competition, held on May 8 and 9: Clay Flack, RDC Sprinkler System Installer alumnus, Dayton Playford, RDC Welder alumnus, and Sam Rufenacht, 4th year Heavy Equipment Technician apprentice.

These three students will test […]

Alberta ordered to pay $13M to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

A court has ordered that nearly $13 million in Alberta government funds be paid to subcontractors and others involved in the bidding of a new hospital in Grande Prairie.

In September, the province terminated a contract with Calgary-based Graham Construction, which it had been at odds with over the timeline and costs of the $763-million project.

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released.

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New $23-million residual treatment centre to begin construction in June

A new $23-million particulates treatment plant to enhance water quality in the Red Deer River will help kick off the summer construction season.

The facility is planned as the final stage of a $90-million, multi-year upgrade to Red Deer’s water treatment plant.

It is expected to improve the quality of river water by removing traces of chemicals used in treatment.

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Passenger service and land development key to Red Deer Airport success

The vision for Red Deer Airport’s success is getting a little clearer.

Last week, design drawings for a new terminal were received, another step toward providing crucial infrastructure, including a bigger apron, to attract scheduled passenger service, said board chairman Ben Antifaiff on Thursday.

“Our terminal in its current state is not of sufficient size to attract any scheduled passenger carriers,” Antifaiff said.

“Right now, we can’t de-plane an aircraft. We need to build that capability,” he said after the airport’s annual […]

Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer officially open

Westerner Park’s newest facility is officially open.

The grand opening for Exhibition Hall, a 70,000-square-foot structure connecting the Stockmens Pavilion to Agricentre West was held Saturday.

“There are so many possibilities with (the facility) … and I’m very excited about the future of this space and the future of Westerner Park,” said Bradley Williams, Westerner Park CEO.

“The versatility of this room and what we can do with it will be amazing for not just Westerner Park, but for Red Deer and […]

Normandeau apartment development approved

Normandeau could get a significant residential boost.

The municipal planning commission approved by a 3-2 vote a development permit for the construction of two four-storey apartments off Norquay Street near Normandeau School. The apartments would join four others on the site.

Some neighbours in the area voiced their objection to the project, arguing it would create traffic and parking problems and was too big a development for the area.

City planners recommended approval of the project, noting additional parking and access points […]