Construction in Ardmore remains steady despite pandemic

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The City of Ardmore said construction is happening at several spots in town and does not appear to have slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction workers work on a building at Market Street at Ardmore which will house a Great Clips and nail salon in the future.

Jessica Scott, Community Development director, said her department has stayed busy during the pandemic receiving and approving plans.

"Overall, for Oklahoma, for the area, we're very fortunate when it comes to construction," Scott said.

At the Market Street at Ardmore on 12th Avenue, crews were working on a building Friday that will house a Great Clips and nail salon.

Construction on a Dairy Queen to the east of the salon should start in June.

A Schlotzky's Deli and Burke's Outlet will also begin in the near future.

Near the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and Commerce Street, an Atwood's ranch and home store is underway.

Workers poured the large concrete foundation for the building on Thursday.

Scott said, with stimulus checks going out to people, homeowners have also been adding things like carports, decks and additional rooms to their houses.

"People are home," Scott said. They have time and they're just doing home improvement projects so we've seen a huge influx of those types of permits."

The city only issued five home remodel or addition permits the first three months of 2020, but have given 15 in April and 22 so far in May.

Dirt work on the Ardmore schools performing arts center next to Noble Stadium has also begun.

Scott said she hopes that will give the community some encouragement.

"It's hope that someday we'll be able to sit in a row with 30 other people in an auditorium that holds hundreds to watch a show," Scott said. "It's hope to get back to normal."