Evidence supported by the number of permits awarded from Ardmore Development Services indicates 2014 will be a year of growth for the city.
During April, the department approved permits with a construction value of $15,477,945. For the year, the construction value for permits is more than $27 million. From 2009 through 2013, the construction value of permits through April of each year combined was $17,598,416.50.
The largest project that received a permit was the new Lincoln Elementary School, which has a construction value of $11.7 million. The school will be built at the site of the current building.
Permits were awarded for 14 new homes with a total construction value of $2,291,900. The majority of homes range in value from $100,000 to $160,000, with one valued at $700,000.
In terms of commercial permits, one in the value of $500,000 was approved for the new AT&T facility on 12th Street NW.
“They are up and running now,” said Jessica Scott, Ardmore code enforcement officer. “They are moving right along, and we are excited about that.”
Keeton Plumbing had a permit approved with a construction value of $130,000 on 704 Akron. The business will move from a different location into its new building.
Under repairs, renovations, additions and alterations, Mercy Hospital Ardmore received a permit with a value of $500,000. The purpose is for renovation on its fourth floor of the tower.
One other significant permit was listed in the category “other.” A permit with a construction value of $100,000 was approved for 2457 Executive Airport Dr. It is for an aircraft hangar.
Nick Diaz, director of development services, said there are other projects coming in the near future, which will further boost construction values in Ardmore. There are four cases scheduled for the planning commission, with a possibility of additional cases, as the deadline to file has not been reached. Projects expected to receive permits in the future include the YMCA renovation and the new University Center of Southern Oklahoma building, Diaz said.
“We are going to have a good year,” Diaz said.