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Commercial projects push permits over $4M

Another boost for Lawton commercial construction is in the works.

The city issued permits for almost $4.7 million in commercial projects last month, and projects worth millions more are on the horizon.

The largest commercial permits last month were a $3 million project to construct a new EZ GO convenience store at 3164 Cache Road and a $600,000 project to expand the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center on the campus of Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

The permit for the cancer center understates the size of the project because the permit is only for construction and doesn’t include the value of new radiation therapy equipment to be installed. Lane Hooton, chief operating officer for the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, said the entire project will cost almost $4 million.

The work at the cancer center will include adding 2,000 square feet of office space so the exam room area can be expanded to reduce waiting time for patients, Hooton said, and finishing a new vault for a linear accelerator that will provide radiation therapy not previously available in Southwest Oklahoma.

The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma — with clinics in Lawton, Duncan, Altus and Chickasaha — is investing in a Versa HD stereotactic radiosurgery unit made by Elekta, a Swedish company. According to the Mayo Clinic, stereotactic radiosurgery uses many precisely focused radiation beams to target high doses of radiation to the affected area with minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissue.”

The Lawton Constitution

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