There is a lot of construction going on in Drumheller these days, but much of it is in one spot.
Building permits for 2017 totalled more than $11 million for 110 projects ranging from renovations to new construction. However, almost half that is a government funded expansion of the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Even so, the town's Director of Community Services is happy to have it.
"There's obviously employment created by having a $5 million building project at the Tyrrell Museum," stated Paul Salvatore. "That creates jobs and does all kinds of great things for Drumheller and we're hoping that there are other projects along that line that'll come our way in 2018."
"I would imagine there are people out there that are holding decision making based on things like the current price of oil or projected price of oil, now looking at doing more activity," he speculated. "You have to always underscore that with the fact that economically in Drumheller in 2017, we had what most would describe as the strongest tourism season of our history."
In 2016, a total of 82 building permits were issued for just over $5.5 million. While residential permits dropped by 25 per cent in 2017, the value of commercial permits was five times higher.
"If you look downtown as an example, there's been vacancies, but then there's been replacement to those vacancies, so the total net vacancies, I think, we've probably improved over time," mused Salvatore. "There's always room for improvement, but we're doing everything we can."
A story earlier this week on Drum FM and drumhelleronline said home sales in Drumheller are off to a good start this month, with one agency moving three units in one week.