Office project to begin
Work will start this week on a new home for the Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Social Security Administration at Market Center, an office park by PrecorRuffin on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue. The work will begin with a small ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 12301 N Kelley Ave. Clyde Riggs Construction is the general contractor. Bockus Payne Architects designed the 23,000-square-foot office building.
Relocation of the federal agency offices will land another blow to troubled Shepherd Mall Office Complex, 2401 NW 23. Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which leases around 150,000 square feet of space, plans to relocate in early 2014 to the former Lincoln Park Hotel after it is renovated and expanded. U.S. Bank N.A. started foreclosure proceedings against the 709,000-square-foot former retail mall on March 1.
Housing Summit set for April 4
The triennial Housing Summit organized by the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency will be April 4 at Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S Pennsylvania. Experts will present the latest trends in financing, designing, preserving and building affordable housing. Steve Thomas, former host of PBS's “This Old House” and Discovery's “Renovation Nation,” kicks off the event with a keynote presentation called “The Great Art of Sustainability” during breakfast.
Organizations participating include the National Council of State Housing Agencies; the National Housing Trust; Mennonite Housing in Wichita, Kan.; Enterprise Community Investment Inc. in Columbia, Md.; and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center in New Orleans.
Registration costs $129. Deadline to register is Friday. Registration fee includes four workshops from a selection of 12 topics, a full breakfast and lunch. For more information, go to www.ohfablog.org/housingsummit or call 419-8284.
Parties settle skimming claims
Edwin L. Gage and Elaine R. Gage of Muskogee and John V. Rich and LaWanda J. Rich of Tyler, Texas, paid $1.75 million to settle claims of equity skimming on a Bethany nursing home insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats said.
HUD insures mortgages to facilitate construction and rehabilitation of nursing homes and other care facilities. HUD agrees not to pursue personal liability for repayment of a mortgage if mortgagors operate under certain guidelines surrounding income and assets. Equity skimming occurs when any funds derived from the project are used for anything other than expenses.
HUD sued in 2010 seeking recovery of assets and income of Heartland Health Care Center used in violation of the guidelines.