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New construction slows in Ardmore

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Building permits for new construction in Ardmore have slowed. (KTEN) Building permits for new construction in Ardmore have slowed. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- As the temperature starts to rise this summer, so should the number of building permits granted by the City of Ardmore.

Compared to numbers in April, the city issued about 50 fewer building permits in May, resulting in a difference of more than $5 million.

Unfortunately for the city, that's how the numbers usually look in May.

"May always is kind of lower," said Community Development Director Jessica Scott  "I think a big part of that is taxes. I mean, as individuals we pay taxes and companies pay taxes."

But this year, tax season isn't the only reason for a lower number of building permits. All the rain that's come through Oklahoma is causing some unwanted struggles for potential building owners.

"All the projects, they're delayed, they're being stalled," Scott said. "It's affecting construction immensely."

Although we haven't seen many new projects pop up, the city still has plenty of projects in the middle of the construction process.

"It takes six to eight months for some of these big projects, so those are coming to a close," Scott said. "We're still really busy; there's just not that many new projects beginning this month."

But more big projects could be on the way. Several multi-family developments like apartments and condos could be permitted by the end of June.

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