The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 13, 2012

Clay Hall project dominates $4.3 million in building permits

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A former Phillips University dormitory that will be refurbished provided the bulk of the dollar value of building permits city of Enid issued in October.

In October, there were more than $4 million in additions and remodels to local business property, and another $86,216 in residential remodels, according to a building permit report from the city of Enid. Total of building permits for commercial property is $4,389,600, for nine addition/remodel jobs.

The largest permit was $3 million for Construction Technologies LLC to renovate historic Clay Hall at Northern Oklahoma College. School officials sold the building, which will become senior apartments upon completion.

Clay Hall was closed in 1989 by Phillips University after decades of use as a dormitory. NOC sold the building to Construction Technologies, which will use tax credits to build affordable apartments for seniors age 62 and older. The sale included about two acres of land.

NOC Regent Lynn Smith told Enid city commissioners in June 2011 the buyer would have to totally redo the building, including all electrical, plumbing and mechanical work.

Clay Hall has four floors, including a basement, which was used as a laundry area and cafeteria when it was a dormitory. Smith said the ground, second and third floors will be remodeled into apartments. The basement could be used as a meeting room for residents and as a laundry. It also must be equipped with an elevator.

Other large permits included $194,000 for Henson Construction Co. at 214 W. Randolph, and $117,000 at 915 E. Garriott, requested by Roland and John Remodeling.

There were five residential remodeling permits: at 1509 Chickasaw by Michael E. Reed for $19,000; 3602 W. Purdue by Steve R. Purdue for $40,000; 2802 Pine by Michael J. Martinez for $5,000; 1013 Coventry by Four Seasons Sunrooms for $20,466; and 1910 E. Locust by Jesus Hernandez for $1,750.

One building permit was issued for construction of a new single-family home at 4117 Ritchie by Ely Weldon, totaling $250,000.

One commercial storage request at 814 Commercial Circle was filed by CJ’s Construction Inc., totaling $100,000. One residential storage request at 1417 Cansler was requested by Joyce P. Watson, totaling $20,000.

There also were nine requests for storm shelters during the month, totaling $34,585. Residential storm shelters were requested at 1116 N. Oakwood, 4529 Alama, 325 Sooner Trail, 2101 W. Cherokee, 916 Brookside, 4017 Oakcrest, 1509 Vinita, 605 Florence and 1518 Wynona.

Enid officials have previously said the strength in the economy is due to the Mississippi Lime oil play north of Enid, construction of the state’s largest wind farm northwest of town as well as a number of local businesses expanding.

City Manager Eric Benson also credited the construction associated with Enid Renaissance Project, which includes renovation of historic Convention Hall and construction of Enid Event Center. Convention Hall officially opens this week, and the event center will be completed in the spring of 2013.�