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Development permits top $10 million mark

The Town of Drumheller has just compiled the building permit statistics from 2011 and the numbers show growth in most areas has slowed.
    Last year, the total construction value of all developments was $10,757,080, a considerable drop from $26,164,541 in 2010.

    The major project that contributed to the higher numbers in 2010 was the Badlands Community Facility. In the previous three years, major institutional (public buildings) projects had skewed the total numbers to be considerably higher as well.

    The number of permits also decreased slightly from 108 in 2010 to 94 in 2011.
    The two areas where Drumheller has experienced growth are in commercial and farm properties.
    In 2011, the total value of commercial construction was $5,387,845, an increase of $2,901,845 over the previous year.
    The bulk of the commercial construction value ($3,920,000) in 2011 is attributed to the new Chinook Credit Union building. Other major projects included the McDonald’s renovations and the construction of LubeX.
    For farms, there had been no activity in 2010. One permit was issued, with a value of $140,000, in 2011.
    The remaining areas, industrial, institutional, and residential were lower in 2011.
    There was a drop in industrial construction values in 2011 with one permit issued. The addition of a new warehouse in 2010 for W. Ralston (Canada) Inc. was valued at $560,000. The one permit issued in 2011 was for $305,000.
    “You’ve got to think back ten years ago and how many vacancies there were. It’s not the case anymore, there’s little land there for development. There are lots available in Rosedale and we can create the conditions where businesses are going to want to snap them up,” said Paul Salvatore, Director of Community Services.
     There was a huge drop in institutional construction permits and value between 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the construction of the Badlands Community Facility accounted for a whopping $15,735,200 of construction value.

Since 2007 the value of institutional projects, such the new St. Anthony’s School and Badlands Community Facility, had climbed, resulting in roughly $55 million worth of projects.
    The numbers drop to a considerably smaller $530,000 in 2011, with the major project accounting for that being the construction of a steel catwalk in the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cretaceous Garden.
    For 2012 the major institutional project that the Town is looking forward to is the relocation of Town Hall, currently estimated to be $2 million.
    Residential construction experienced a drop as well. In 2010, the total value of construction was $6,963,341 for 86 permits, compared to $4,394,235 for 75 in 2011.
    The construction of the Riverside Gardens condominiums is the largest residential project in 2011 and accounted for $832,545.
    There are some new major residential projects in the works for 2012.
    “The key, is we’re going to look at some opportunities for housing. There’s Hillsview and Elgin Hill that we’re going to be looking at for development. If we can create some additional housing, that will help some of our key employers to attract the staff they need,” said Salvatore.
    The drop in building permits and construction values does not necessarily mean Drumheller is mired in a downward trend. It is hoped the strengths built in the previous four years will spur development in the years to come.
    “We’re part of the Alberta economy. We tend to follow the development you might see in other parts of Alberta,”  said Salvatore. “I think we are in a competitive place here, but we have some of the services other communities can’t offer and that will be a key for companies to locate in Drumheller.”

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