ARDMORE, Okla. -- Those basics in life that we all need like food, clothing, and shelter all cost money, and while your civic leaders may not be able to do anything about the price of a gallon of milk or how much you’ll have to fork over for a pair of jeans, they can offer you a break on shelter, namely a new home for you and your family. Robin Beal has more.
It’s no secret that affordable housing in Ardmore has long been a concern for citizens and community leaders alike.
An event on Friday was the culmination of years of behind the scenes work by all kinds of people. Now, they are pouring the foundations and opening the doors to what they say will be a better way of life for hundreds.
The mayor isn’t the only one who thinks that Ardmore’s new Hickory Ridge addition is a welcome sight.
“The A.D.A. said, ‘Hey, there is a big need for homes,’ and I think there were some people who were skeptical. We’ve put these homes in the ground, and they’re selling like watermelons off a fruit stand on the side of the road. I mean they’re selling left and right, and I think they’ve really been validated that the need was there, and they’ve provided this for us, and it’s been a big boom to Ardmore.”
Lance Windel is one of three builders, on hand for Friday afternoon’s groundbreaking, and while the ten homes his company is building at hickory ridge may be quite a bit more expensive than your average watermelon, most people don’t have to finance those, they are downright are cheap, by today’s housing market standards.
“We determined that there was a need for over 700 homes in the price range of $90,000-$120,000.”
Hickory Ridge was the brainchild of both the chamber of commerce and the Ardmore Development Authority. Years ago, the land was originally planned for industrial development, but officials eventually thought better of that plan.
“Things are happening fast… there are some good builders here… and it won’t be long they’ll be people living in here and kids playing in the street…”
The homes will be mostly three bedroom, 1 and three-quarter bathroom, 75% brick construction, with an average cost of $75 per square foot. This first phase will see 31 homes go up in the coming months, with plans for 140 more in the next two to three years.
As far as who will be living here, anyone can qualify.
“We’re seeing a ton of first-time buyers, but we’re also seeing some last-time buyers. They’re basically moving off the farm.”
Officials say that if you are interested in learning more about Hickory Ridge if you’re thinking of moving and want to look, your first step is to contact the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, and they can point you in the right direction.