The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 5, 2014

Happy for homes

We're elated more housing is coming to Enid

ENID, Okla. — If you report it, they will build.

We’ve reported repeatedly about Enid’s lack of housing being a “choke point.” Last July, a study confirmed our desperation for new housing options.

“We knew if we could quantify our demand in Enid that developers and builders from around the region would be interested,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance.

Slowly, but surely, new housing developments for Enid are being introduced to break the bottleneck.

The latest announcement comes from Milestone Homes, of Ardmore. Milestone has purchased 20 acres on the southwest corner of Oakwood and Purdue, where it will start construction on two model homes. In all, the company will build four homes in the next two months, and another 30 homes could be built to spec by the end of 2015.

At less than $100 per square foot, they are affordable. Homes will range in price from $135,000 to $190,000 and vary from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The land is located inside the Chisholm Public Schools district.

Lance Windel, Milestone’s manager, believes Enid is a perfect location for investment.

“I have seen the market study released by the Enid community and believe that the product we construct will fit perfectly with their needs,” Windel said.

Milestone’s investment would be just one of three major housing projects that are in various stages of planning and execution. Stonebridge Village will offer a mix of single-family and multi-family homes at Cleveland and Chestnut. Forest Ridge Heights, the name of a planned 40-home development near Brookside, was announced late last year.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City-based Richardson Homes opened an Enid sales office last year.

This is an outstanding trend. We’re elated more housing is coming to Enid. Keep the good news coming for our strong housing market.

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