The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 2, 2011

Ezzell: CDSA represents, doesn’t own, newer homes in the east part of Enid

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — There is a misperception about the involvement of Community Development Support Association in a number of new homes in east Enid.

Cheri Ezzell, executive director of CDSA, said the agency does not own those houses but assisted the builder with locations by using the land bank established during the Roosevelt Park Apartments project.

“Thirty lots were created then, among several property owners. There was lots of work to do to get them together,” Ezzell said.

 Carland Group applied for and received tax credits for the project, and then the bottom fell out of the credit market. After that it took a while to get the money, but today there are two houses rented and two more ready to be rented. CDSA is the local representative for the program. The agency takes rental applications, determines eligibility and assists with problems.

“The project has worked,” Ezzell said. “Roosevelt Park Apartments were the core of the neighborhood redevelopment in an area that is hard to develop. Homes are being built around the neighborhood where old houses were torn down.”

There has been no new construction of this scale on the east side of Enid in many years, she said. Ezzell believes the economic impact is significant. If the house next door is of higher value, she said, that impacts the value of other houses and may inspire someone else to take better care of his or her property.

“High quality, affordable rentals mean other rentals must compete, and hopefully they will improve their quality,” she said.

There currently are a number of houses in construction on east Cherokee. The homes are brick with three bedrooms, two baths and two-car garages, with stainless steel appliances.