Drumheller has begun the process of erecting new buildings, revamping used ones and demolishing the unusable.
Within the months of November and December (thus far), one can witness that there have been some changes to some buildings and business in town.
Fas Gas and the old Allied building are receiving a face-lift, Greentree Mall is shutting down and with that a new building near Canadian Tire will be going up to house Mark's Work Wearhouse as well as other business, the old Chop Shop building on Highway 9 North has been demolished and The Emporium is now known as The Royal Den of Hair Connoisseurs.
With other buildings being re-faced and/or upgraded, one could speculate that the Drumheller community is generating a spit-shine to buildings across town.
"It'll be a bigger premise which will make the store less crowded," explained Mark's Work Wearhouse owner, Terri Kuhl. "It'll be shaped better. Instead of a long narrow opening, it'll be a wide shallow. Which is much better for our industry in terms of being able to display properly."
Business owners, such as Mr. Kuhl, will feel the benefits of a new open space because of new building developments going up. The Town of Drumheller has been looking forward to positive movements within the community of Drumheller in terms of buildings being refreshed or old ones being torn down.
"A lot of the exciting changes is a part of the buzz that been generated within the community," said CAO of Drumheller, Darryl Drohomerski. "People want to see updated buildings and new facades."
Drohomerski also states that the Town of Drumheller has bylaws in place that require land-use owners to keep their property clean and presentable, at the very least. One prime example of this not being upheld is the old hospital in the Riverside area. This doesn't mean that that building won't either be repurposed or torn down, it just means that maintenance on the property is poor and stated by some locals as a real eye-sore.
"We actually want people to take care of their properties and improve their properties. Recognizing that this is a community that sees nearly half a million visitors come to us every year and you really want to put your best face forward," said Drohomerski. "I think people are starting to recognize that and looking at the opportunities that they can do anything to beautify the town and make it look great to our outside visitors as well as our own residents."
The future is unclear for many buildings in the Drumheller area that may look decrepit and unsalvagable but one thing is for sure, change is on the horizon and Drumheller is evolving into a new entity with the help of those who want to see a change within the community.