Residential, commercial building shows promise in first month of year

Both residential and commercial sector permits were higher in number and estimated value in January 2017 compared to the previous year, but an absence of industrial and public construction resulted in a decrease in overall permit values.

Sixty-three residential permits were issued last month for an estimated value of $3.7 million, compared to 31 permits valued at $1.9 million in 2016. At the same time there were 14 commercial permits issued with a value of $7.7 million, compared to five […]

Government of Canada and Red Deer College invest to renew infrastructure in Alberta

$9.5 million investment will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation
Canadians will be better equipped for the well-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow as a result of a $9.5 million investment in Red Deer College.

This joint investment was announced today by Randy Boissonnault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and by Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO.

The Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda […]

Vanier Woods commercial development earns Council approval following revisions

A once controversial commercial development in Red Deer’s Vanier Woods area has now been approved by City Council.

A public hearing was held Monday after the property owner spent several months reaching out to area residents so he could revise his proposal based off their concerns.

The proposal to rezone the property at 19 Street and Vermont Avenue from residential to commercial was turned down last March. This was due to public concern over increased noise, foot and vehicle traffic, property […]

Notre Dame Home Building Learning Program Wraps Up for Another Year

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School has wrapped up with one of its unique learning programs for another year.

The school’s Building Opportunities Program partnered with Laebon Homes to allow students to get involved in residential construction by going on site and building a house in the community.

The program offers hands-on experience, which teaches students the duties and responsibilities of a tradesperson.

A wrap-up celebration for the 2016 – 2017 school year took place Friday morning at the home on Truant […]

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 […]