Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 - TW IITHBRIOOI HERALD - Thursday, March 11, 1971 Total $27,500,000 More to come in By HERB JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer The year 1970 was one in which building in Lethbridge went ahead at a record-breaking pace. When all the building permits had been added up, the total came to slightly more than $27.5 million. Included in this was about $8.5 million worth of construction on the University of Lethbridge west-side campus. The university listed building valued at $1 million in May and added another $7.5 million in October. Actually the university is not required to take out a building permit before starting work on a project as the city's building inspector is not responsible for inspection of the buildings. However, it does inform the city of the value of the work that takes place. With the $596,000 permit for an addition to Susie Bawden School (opened recently as the open-area section of the new Fleetwood-Bawden School) and another small project at Westminster School, the total for school building for the year came to more than $9 million. The City of Lethbridge was another big contributor to the 1970 total. A $3.5 million permit in November for the secondary sewage treatment plant was the main item, but another major expenditure came in September-$516,000 for work on the new city stores complex. The value of these, plus a few other smaller projects, gives a total value of all publirc buildings started in 1970 of about $13.5 million. Subtracting these projects that are paid for with the taxpayers' money from the overall total leaves about $14 million. Deleting $4.5 million worth of similar projects from last year's total of $17.6 million leaves $13 million. In other words, building in the private sector in 1970 was about $1 million ahead of last year. An interesting development in the provision of housing facilities for Lethbridge's growing population was the surge in 1970 experienced by apartments and duplexes. For the first time the value of building in this category exceeded the value of residential houses for one family. The building of single-family units seems to be in a period of decline in recent years. In 1968 the total value came to $4.7 milliron. It dropped to $4.1 million the next year and last year went down to $3.9 million. Apartments and duplexes, on the other hand, have risen dramatically in value in the same period from $].2 million to $4.6 million. Symbolic of this shift in. emphasis was the city's first high-rise apartment in the downtown area, the $1 million, 10-storey Stafford Place. Construction got off to a fairly slow start in 1970. January, traditionally a poor month because of the cold weather, saw only $147,000 in permits taken out. There were no major projects started. Much of the building in February was single-family residences. Again, there were no major undertakings. The total for the month as $663,750. March was the first month m which $1 million barrier was broken. Helping to reach the $1.3 million figure for March were the first apartment started in 1970 (a $200,000 project at 16th Ave. S. and Scenic Drive) and the Susie Bawden addition. The new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints stake centre at Scenic Drive and 28th St. S. added $672,000 to the April figure. The total that month was $1.6 million. Preliminary" work on the University of Lethbridge campus helped push the May total over the $2 million mark. In addition to the $1 million university permit, there was $200,-000 for the first of two 24-suite apartments on the old bus barns site on 8th Ave. S. June saw the total slip back to $1.3 million. The only large permits were for $260,000 and Huge public works program The 1970 annual report of the city's engineering department summarizes the year's activities. According to the report, "continued emphasis was placed on west Lethbridge and to this end Stanley and Associates were employed to act as consultants to bring forward the design of services to accommodate Phase One development of this area. "Tenders for the installation of these services will be called by that firm early this year. "One of the main events during the year was the letting of contracts for the supply of materials and construction of a secondary sewage treatment plant The work also includes modifications and upgrading of the existing primary plants end the installation of a two-barrel siphon between the two sewage plants. "Underwood McLellan and Associates acted as consultants for the entire project. "The over-all cost is $4.6 million, which included Laing Construction's contract for construction of the sewage plant, Cunningham and Shannon's contract for the construction of the two-barrel siphon, Honeywell's contract for the instrumentation and other contracts for the supply of equipment. The completion date is Sept. 1, 1971. "Amendments to the sewerage waste bylaw are being considered to recover the capital and operating costs of sewage treatment from users. It is anticipated that the bylaw will become effective early in 1971 and the new rates effective Jan. 1, 1972. "The design for extension of prime services to the Phase 1, subdivision development in west Lethbridge is being done by Stanley and Associates Engineering Ltd. "This work includes perimeter roads, the extension of the sanitary sewer outfall, storm sewer outfall No. 1 and the installation of outfall No. 2, the extension of the feeder water main to the proposed 1.5 million gallon underground water storage reservoir being designed by J. C. Neufeld and Associates. Stanley and Associates is also preparing a design for the subdivision. "The target date for tender call for prime services was Feb. 1, 1971 and the completion date Sept 1,1971. "The CUPE strike last year placed a heavy burden on the administrative staff, however the challenge was met with little interruption to normal services and the public works program was completed on schedule. "Construction of the new city stores, public works and elec-tric department headquarters and shop facilities is under way and the various departments should be able to occupy the new quarters prior to April 1, 1971. "A new addition to the engineering department offices was completed in December, 1970. "A new sanitary landfill area was opened in the vicinity of 26th Ave. N. and Stafford Drive. The old landfill areas were cleaned up, cupped off and contoured ready for seeding to grass early in 1971. This has provided the city with a large storage area for outside stores, equipment, gravel stockpiles and employee parking. "The asphalt plant was equipped with an Estee model dust collector and washer to meet the air pollution requirements established by the department of health. The report also notes the opening up of several residential subdivisions, the largest of which was in east Lakeview. Streets and lanes were graded and a start made on sidewalks. Pavement, sidewalks, curbs and gutters were also installed in four other subdivisions. Development in the industrial park required the grading and gravelling of streets south of 5th Ave. N. Lanes were paved In 18 blocks by city crews, with Tollestrup Construction paving portions of two more. A major undertaking was the widening of 13th St. N. to four lanes between 2nd Ave. S. and 2nd A Ave. N. The report says difficulties were encountered with land acquisition and utility relocation. The project was partially completed in (he fall of 1970 and is to be finished in 1971 with an asphalt overlay on the west half of the roadway. Enjoy Luxury for Less at the WPARK PLAZA MOTOR HOTEL and RESTAURANT (licensed)! MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE and 10th AVE. S. LETHBRIDGE 5 Offering with Pride the Following Facilites n % IS s n : B Ti . 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The Ithacan Development Group took out a $740,000 permit for the first phase of construction of Stafford Place, at 11th St. and 5th Ave. S. An even larger permit - $1.6 million - was taken out for work on the new Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. beef slaughtering plant. Figures for the month came to $2.8 million. The pace tapered off in August. The Dunlop Ford dealership at Mayor Magrath Drive and 16th Ave. S. added $380,-000. The new Canada Packers plant contributed another $283,-000. But the total for the month I was only average - $1.3 million. , In September the total was $1.6 million. Two 32-suite apartments started in east Lakeview by B and H Homes Ltd. added $500,000 and the city contributed an almost similar amount for the city stores complex. The big month of the year | was October, when the university listed work worth $7.5 million. This in itself was almost entirely responsible for the $8.4 million total for the month. The secondary sewage treatment plant made November another big month. In addition to the city's $3.4 million for the plant, there was $375,000 for another apartment in the Scenic Heights subdivision. November also was the start on low-cost experimental housing valued at about $1 million, although $224,000 of this actually came in December. December was one of only three months to fall below the million dollar mark. With the low-cost housing and $470,000 for an apartment east of the College Shopping Mall, the total was $880,000. The coming year may be another good one. There is still more work to be done on the university, scheduled to open in the fall. Additions to the city's industrial park may also be major contributors. International Distillers and Vintners Ltd. is awaiting approval for a federal incentive grant to build a major facility valued at several million dollars. Moore Business Forms is planning a $2.5 million plant for which it has received approval for a $482,000 grant. 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