There was something for everyone in terms of city growth Monday evening during the bi-monthly Ardmore City Commission meeting.
The commissioners approved actions which set the framework for a Chick-fil-A restaurant, daycare center, AT&T retail store and two housing additions. Mayor Sheryl Ellis hailed the construction following the meeting.
"It certainly means there is activity within the city," she said.
The approval of a Chick-fil-A restaurant was the culmination of a concerted effort to locate within Ardmore. Ellis said the restaurant had worked for some time to find a location that worked for it. Chick-fil-A will be located at 2500 12th Ave. NW, caddy corner from Santa Fe Cattle Co., code enforcement officer Jessica Scott said.
AT&T will also increase its presence in Ardmore with a retail store. Jason Winborn, AT&T area manager, said the store is designed to provide a unique retail experience, and will be one of a handful within the state. It will be located at 2240 12th Ave. NW, and the property was rezoned from office to neighborhood commercial. It will be located at the site where a vacated white church currently stands.
"AT&T has found a good location," Ellis said. "It will resemble the technology inside an Apple store."
A daycare was also approved for the 1300 block of Merrick Drive. The building will be located on 1.02 acres, and the property was rezoned from multi-family medium density to office.
The shortage in housing was addressed with the approval of two plats consisting of 12 lots. The Chambrooke Addition will be located at Park Street and 1st Ave. SE. Initial plans call for 12 houses, but there are plans for more than 50 homes.
"The housing is especially important for people without homes paying rent," Ellis said.
Ellis said the construction will take place in vacant lots, which needed to be developed.
The Ardmore Public Library also got its dose of good news as the commission approved a grant in the amount of $120,000.