Oklahoma tornadoes: Moore permits rise with rebuilds

The huge spike of 547 percent occurred in the second month after the May 20 tornado destroyed some 1,200 homes in Moore and south Oklahoma City.
by Richard Mize Published: August 31, 2013

Not all the July permits, however, represent a replacement home, Haworth said. He estimated that 70 to 80 of the 110 permits were for rebuilds, with the remainder coming from construction not resulting from the tornado. The new Sendera Lakes addition by developer David Odom, he said, is especially active at SW 34 and Santa Fe Avenue, he said.

Odom developed Sendera Lakes and is selling lots to seven select builders. He said the first homes started predated the tornado, but that now tornado victims are looking and buying in the 100-acre addition, which will have seven phases, including a clubhouse, pool and commercial development.

Single-family permits aren't the only thing selling like there's no tomorrow: Storm shelter permits, to help ensure there is a tomorrow after the next tornado, are more popular than ever. Haworth said some 750 permits for shelters were issued through July, compared to around 200 for all of 2012.

“We had a lot of storm shelters after (the massive tornado in May) '99. I think this has alerted people that F5s can come again,” he said.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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