The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 1, 2014

Big things in 2014: City of Enid issues 48 new home permits, 656 permits for construction


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Big things happened in 2013, and this year promises more big things, especially in terms of construction in Enid.

Not counting December, for which figures were not available, the city of Enid had issued 656 construction permits in 2013, with the jobs totaling nearly $50 million.

That’s a lot of work going on and covers everything from homes, new businesses, renovations additions, storm shelters and signs and fencing.

Housing construction saw a big rebound from a big drop in 2011. There were 48 new home permits in 2013, double the number issued in 2011.

Even though new commercial construction and commercial renovations were down in 2013, there is plenty to look forward to in 2014.

For one, we could see construction work begin on the Hilton Garden Inn downtown. That carries a price tag of about $21 million.

Then, you have Northstar Agri Industries’ canola plant, which will be built on the northeast edge of the city. That project is expected to be worth $200 million.

The city of Enid will add to the construction projects, with the new No. 4 fire station to be built on South Hoover carrying a price tag of about $1 million.

Another project that could add another $7 million in construction work is the project to build 35 to 40 single-family homes in the Brookside area.

If the funding falls into place, work could begin in the latter part of this year.

Those are just the projects we know about so far, the ones that have been publicly announced.

We’re pretty confident there are going to be other projects announced as the year goes on.

All in all, it looks to be like a busy year for Enid. All the work we can look forward to just adds to what’s been happening here in recent years.

It’s exciting to see.