In 2018, The City of Ardmore issued 760 new building permits worth a combined total of $65.7 million. This more than doubles 2017’s total of $32.5 million, and according to Jessica Scott, director of development services, 2019 is shaping up to be another successful year.
“It seems like there are people doing a lot of things with property right now,” Scott said. “That just signals that more development and construction is coming.”
One major project beginning soon will be a complete facelift of Commerce Plaza, the shopping center located on the corner of Commerce Street and Grand Avenue. The property was recently purchased by the Burke Collins Company. They also own Ardmore Commons, The Shops at Ardmore and the in-development Market Street center.
“It’s a great location, it’s just nobody has done anything to the buildings in a long time,” Burke Collins, founder of the Burke Collins Company, said. He added that everything will look new by the time renovations are complete.
“We’re going to completely renovate it,” Collins said. “The building is dated to the 1960s, so we’re going to put a new roof on it and upgrade the facade and parking lot to make it look like it was built in the 21st century.”
Collins said that after renovations are complete, one of the building’s new retailers will be Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.
The company’s website describes Ollie’s Bargain Outlet as “one of America’s largest retailers of closeout merchandise and excess inventory.” This business model means they will offer a wide range of products such as housewares, sporting goods, flooring, and even food.
“They’re going to take 20,000 feet,” Collins said. “It’ll really help bring this facility alive.”
In addition to the work Collins is doing, Jessica Scott said other upcoming projects in Ardmore include a new storage building facility to be located on Refinery Rd. and that the Burger King currently located on Commerce will be building a new facility. The new location will be on 12th Street and N Street N.W.