Building permits top $8.6 million
Lawton building permits soared above $8.6 million in July thanks to the renovation of low-income apartment complexes on the city’s north side and construction of a new restaurant on Cache Road.
Commercial permits totaled $7.75 million for the month. The city also issued three permits for single-family homes valued at $535,500.
The largest commercial permit, valued at $5 million, was for renovation of the Apple Run/Deer Park Apartments at 2301 NW Williams.
The two complexes (originally Sunset Apartments and the Vogue Apartments, respectively), are due a full makeover, according to Dan Sailler, one of the owners of MRE Capital, a Kansas City, Mo., area company that has owned the apartments the past few years.
Apple Run and Deer Park were among three complexes on the 16-acre site in north-central Lawton that was developed in 1952 to meet demand for housing created by growth at Fort Sill. The third complex, Blue Ribbon Apartments (now Lawton Pointe) underwent renovation several years ago. The entire complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in January.
Sailler said the project will include renovation of 154 apartments, as well as construction of new laundries and storm shelters.