Hickory Ridge addition a welcome sight in Ardmore

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

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.

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  • by Ardmoreite Location: Ardmore on Feb 24, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    Who is dumb enough to believe these homes are affordable housing with the cost of living as high as it is? Don't believe everything what the City of Ardmore tells you.
  • by Clora Location: Tomball. TX on Feb 24, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    Mighty good web site!
  • by country bumpkin Location: ardmore on Feb 22, 2008 at 11:25 PM
    ok one question why would you want to build a houding projest and let the kids play in the streets? are the yards going to be that small. just sit back and watch how many mexicans move in before anyone else does. its the american way take care of the foreigners first and to hell with the working man. how do they think the average person can afford one of these cheap houses. get real wes stuckey. i'll bet your house cost a whole lot more than these do. and just think whos paying your wages. i'll bet you make more than minimun wage. how about it live cheap and see what's it like.
  • by poor boy Location: gene autry on Feb 22, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    It's going to be hard to buy one of those new houses making 10.00 an hour thanks to wes stucky and the ADA. Sure is a good thing that they got all that money to extend the runway at the airpark! I wish the truth would come out about the "car plant" that is never going to happen. Pat yourself on the back though, ADA, you got dollar general warehouse here!!!
  • by worker Location: ardmore on Feb 22, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    Gee, thanks Wes Stucky for letting us working type folk to have affordable housing,I sure wish the car plant would hurry up, so we can get a good job, and not just a warehouse to work in that you and the ADA have brought to our commity. Thanks Wes!!! Good Job!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    I'm glad they're building affordable housing. It seems like most of the new homes being built in this whole part of the country are large luxury-type homes... so many middle-class families seem to be stuck with fixer-upper dumps in lousy neighborhoods. Hopefully, middle-class families will now have better options to choose from.
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