The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 24, 2014

It’s great news to see a broad spectrum of housing options in the city of Enid

ENID, Okla. — Nearly a year ago, a housing study confirmed Enid’s desperation for new housing options.

To alleviate that expected crush of new workers, the housing study’s authors argued Enid could handle 400 new homes immediately, with another 200 built over the next two years.

Thankfully, the study quantified the need and has encouraged developers to start construction.

“And now we’re starting to build some homes again in Enid,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance.

This is great news. It’s refreshing to see a broad spectrum of housing options on the horizon, from rentals to affordable homes and those of the higher-end variety.

Fortunately, the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission recently approved the creation of lots at the corner of Purdue and Oakwood.

Milestone Homes of Ardmore has 20 acres on the southwest corner of that intersection and has initial plans for more than 30 homes. After the MAPC gave approval Monday, the builder has 56 lots available for future development. Four homes already are being constructed.

Milestone has said the homes will range in price from $135,000 to $190,000. City Planner Chris Bauer told the MAPC the plans call for lots to be at least 70 feet by 100 feet, which is larger than the minimums required by current zoning rules.

Another new neighborhood of single-family homes still is in the planning stages on the southeast side. The Carland Group plans on constructing Forest Ridge Heights in the Brookside area of Enid. There could be several dozen affordable homes built west of 30th on Forestridge Drive.

Meanwhile, Chisholm Creek Village, located within sight of the Van Buren overpass and exchange in northern Enid, already has several homes built. Developer David Ritchie plans on adding 31 more. If the housing market holds, he plans on building 15 homes each year.

Other single-family projects in development include Skyview Estates, a 15-lot neighborhood east of the Pheasant Run Golf Community, and four lots in the Hearthstone Farms Addition between Oakwood and Garland south of Garriott.

Still more housing projects are in various stages of planning or construction. Waukomis developer Gene Anderson has dozens of homes planned at Cleveland and Chestnut for his Stonebridge Village project.

Enid also needs more apartments for rent. Anderson expects to sell a parcel of land to Vector Properties for the construction of high-end apartments near Cleveland and Chestnut, and Kisling said there are other apartment complexes in the planning stages that have not yet been made public.

We can’t wait to hear about these new housing developments.

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