Editor's note: This is taken from reports submitted at the spring board meeting
By Steve Taylor
2nd Vice President
Southwest Oklahoma Home Builders Association
Residential building continues to be slow in Southwest Oklahoma. In Lawton about 4-5 builders are building but the out of town builders have moved out for the most part. Uncertainty around Ft. Sill and layoffs in the oil industry in the Duncan area with Haliburton, have caused people to take a wait and see attitude on building a new home. Building continues in the Elgin area north of Lawton but it has slowed as well. Commercial building in Lawton continues to be moderate with a new movie theater complex with businesses around it and several new restaraunts in the area going in.
In the Altus Area, residential building continues at a moderate pace with about 3-4 builders doing 90% of the building. There is a small commercial segment but the hope of new troops to Altus Airforce Base has some new apartments going in.
Southwest Oklahoma Homebuilders Association is undergoing changes in the coming weeks as we are ending our relationship with the Lawton/Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce and moving our physical offices to the offices of Barnes, Welsh and Perry CPA. Sharleen will no longer be our EO as we are still in transition on what do in that aspect. We have started a new newsletter to let the membership know the value of being a builder or associate member of the SWOKHBA.
The 51st Annual Lawton Home and Garden Show we put on was March 27-29 at the Comanche County Colesium in Lawton.