Johnston County addressing need for new housing
TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — The need for more housing is growing in south central Oklahoma. Ardmore, Ada, and now Johnston County are all places where more and improved housing options have been popping up.
In June, Ardmore's first new Class A apartment complex since 2008 opened.
The City of Ada began a housing assessment study with Freese and Nichols, developing a plan to address needs and improvements in the housing market.
The next steps in Ada's housing assessment study include a survey now available on the city's website for anyone living within Pontotoc County.
"It will help the city of Ada be able to prioritize goals, fund projects, work with developers and potentially update our ordinances," community development director Staci Bungard said.
In Johnston County there's a similar initiative.
The Johnston County Industrial Authority has begun building three-bedroom, single-family homes in Tishomingo, with a goal to add more throughout towns in the county.
"Two houses are currently built," said Tishomingo City Manager Troy Golden, who is also a JCIA board member. "There are 10 more lots that are being identified that Johnston County Industrial will be purchasing. They are looking at lots in Mill Creek as well."
The JCIA is using rent payments from patrons at its industrial park, as well as money from the county, to fund the building of new housing.
"We make the single-family homes, and in the future look into some multi-family homes... possibly duplexes," Golden said. "Whether it being students at Murray State College or people that just need apartments."
Golden said the biggest challenge for the Johnston County Industrial Authority is finding lots for the new housing.