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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 […]

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.

Hunt […]

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 […]