Two infrastructure funding programs now accepting applications

The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting online applications for infrastructure projects under both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund.   The CWWF, which was announced this September, will see Saskatchewan receive $89.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada over two to three years during Phase One.

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Building permit values in 2016 surpass previous year

With Building Permits in 2016 estimated at $247,451,590, the total value of permits exceeded 2015 by nearly $15 million.

The sectors with the strongest showing were the commercial and public sectors. The value of commercial permits last year more than doubled that of 2015, with permits valued at nearly $82 million compared to $31 million in 2015. Public sector permits last year totalled $112 million compared to $91 million in 2015.

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Red Deer Public Schools “going for gold” with new school

The Red Deer Public School District hopes to raise the environmental bar with the tender for the new Westpark Middle School only weeks away.

Della Ruston, RDPSD associate superintendent of System Services, said Monday that 80 per cent of the design work is completed and they are just waiting for a development permit for the new school that will replace the aging Westpark Middle School.

The new school will be located just steps away from the old school, to the southwest […]

City Council approves updated area redevelopment plan and bylaw for Riverlands

An updated Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and land use bylaw for the Riverlands neighbourhood in Red Deer’s downtown was approved by City Council today. The downtown riverfront neighbourhood will be a revitalized mixed use area with three distinct districts.

“Over past few months, we’ve worked to reduce the building height to a level that doesn’t compromise the overall viability and sustainability of the development but acknowledges those concerns we heard from residents,” said Tara Lodewyk, Director of Planning Services. “Incorporating […]

City Council considers partnership regarding Central Elementary School

At Monday’s regular Council meeting, City Council will consider entering into a partnership with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and Red Deer Public School District to repurpose Central Elementary School and develop the Canada Games Celebration Plaza.

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop a cultural centre in the heart of Red Deer’s downtown that will serve the community for decades to come and also protect a historically significant building,” said Craig Curtis, City Manager.

“Collaborating with The City […]

New downtown arena starting to take shape

Construction of the new downtown arena is beginning to take shape, as site preparation and foundation work nears completion.

Crews are currently constructing foundation walls and footings, with some exterior walls expected to start going up next week. Construction will continue until fall 2018, when the new downtown arena is expected to open.

“As the walls start going up for the new downtown arena, we are starting the construction of a new legacy, as this facility will host important community and sporting […]

Great Chief Park Enhancement Concept Plan

Construction work is underway in Great Chief Park to upgrade the park, which will be a host venue for long-track speed skating during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Over the next year crews are working on:

Constructing a new synthetic sports field and a world class 400 metre speed skating oval.
Constructing a new field house/pavilion which will include a concession, public washrooms, change rooms, meeting space, timekeeper and a media area.
Constructing a new maintenance building.
Upgrading electrical services.

Commercial building doubles from last year

The number and value of building permits in the commercial sector doubled in October compared to the same month last year. Values were estimated at $3.6 million last month compared to $1.3 in October 2015, with commercial permits year-to-date valued at $55.9 million.

Several projects contributed to a strong October, including an addition to the Covenant Health Villa Marie on Carrington Drive, estimated at $1.9 million; an Elephant and Castle restaurant on Timberlands Drive, estimated at $279,000; First Red Deer […]

Proposed $106-million capital budget tabled for City

The city’s 2017 proposed capital budget has been cut by $26 million, with some projects deferred, to adjust to the challenging economy and reduced growth in Red Deer.
On Wednesday, city administration tabled a $106.75-million budget instead of $133 million approved in principle last year.
The budget goes before city council on Nov. 22 and 23 for approval. Council will also consider a $1.27-billion Capital Plan for 2018-2026.
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Construction of Newly Extended Runway at RD Airport Completed

The runway will be fully operational upon final inspection and approval. Red Deer Airport CEO George Friesen credits favorable early spring weather and efficient construction crews for completing the project on time.
The 2000 ft. extension of the primary runway will allow larger aircraft to land at the airport meaning the airport could now attract a larger range of passenger and commercial services. It’s hoped this will improve passenger experience and create more jobs in Central Alberta by expanding the […]