U.S. Commerce Department Offers Federal Grants to Four Cities in Oklahoma

U.S. Commerce Department Offers Federal Grants to Four Cities in Oklahoma

Improvement in the countrys infrastructure creates a number of benefits that give back to the people. When there is improved infrastructure, there will be better investment attractions, which can help generate more jobs.

The U.S. Commerce Department has announced a $4.6-million federal grant to four cities in Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Clinton and Shawnee. These key cities will use the funds tconstruct and improve infrastructure for citys development.

The goal of the federal grant is to promote economic growth and job creation through improved infrastructure. The Department hopes to encourage more investments in these cities and help create more jobs for the people.

The grant for Oklahoma City will be allocated to the Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority. A $1-million grant will be used for beautification and improved access to the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and Bioscience Campus. There are also planned upgrades for the utilities along Stiles Street. Such improvements will be a great advantage to the Oklahoma School Science and Technology, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and General Electric Global Research Oil and Gas Technology Center.

In Tulsa, a $950,000 grant will be used to improve roadways in unincorporated areas. This will support businesses along the area and reduce traffic congestion.

Clinton has been awarded a $750,000 grant that will develop a 100-acre industrial park on the southwest sector of the city. Clinton Industrial Authority aims to attract more investments in the future, thus creating more jobs.

A $1.2-million grant have been given to Shawnee for the development of its rail infrastructure. There will be road construction, water installation and telecommunications lines that will help develop the Iron Horse Industrial Park.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Choosing the Right Window Glass for Your Home

Choosing the Right Window Glass for Your Home

Glass plays an important and unique role in your home design. Choosing the best replacement window glass for your house may even reduce your energy costs. For these reasons, it is important to understand each type of residential glass option and the roll they will play in your home’s beautification and efficiency.

Here are some of the more common types of window glass and the qualities each possess.

  1. Patterned Glass. This type of glass is generally covered with patterns or designs which may be translucent or plain. It would best fit rooms where both natural light and privacy are required. The patterns limit anyone from looking through the glass, but they allow light to escape into the room.
  2. Low Emissivity Glass or Low-E Glass. This is an energy efficient glass which is coated on one side with a thin metal coating to reflect transmitted heat and reduce heat conduction. Low-E glass does not lower the amount of light that passes into the room, although it can reduce the heat transfer by up to 70%.
  3. Tinted Glass. This helps ensure privacy while at the same time reducing heat, as they are coated to prevent harmful UV rays from passing into the house. There are a variety of shades and styles to choose from, such as reflective tinted glass that improves privacy by appearing transparent from the inside and reflective from the outside.
  4. Double paned or Insulated Glass. These retain heat generated by interior heaters during colder climates. These are perfect weapons in your battle to reduce energy bills.
  5. ImpactResistant Glass. This is your best option if you want to minimize your residential glass repair costs or if you live in area with frequent inclement weather. This type of glass doesn’t break easily. The internal layers hold the broken fragments together even if it does crack.

Choosing the right option for your windows is an important decision, as there are now many types of glass available. Each type is unique and has different properties that may lend themselves of better use under a variety of circumstances. Understanding what each type does and what your house needs will make it simpler for you to choose.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Edmond Planning Commission Approves Location for New Senior Housing

Edmond Planning Commission Approves Location for New Senior Housing

More seniors will soon be accommodated with proper housing and specialized facilities thanks to the upcoming TCG Senior Housing project. TCG Development is happy to announced the approval of the site plan, which will be located on the north side of Danforth, west of Coltrane. The approved proposal was voted 5-0.

The TCG Senior Housing Center will be a 154,314-square foot,143-bed facility on a 10.38-acre property lot. There will be 117 parking spaces along Danforth allocated towards the new buildingThe north and west sides of the senior housing unit will be occupied by single-families. TCG Development isimplementing ways to avoid disrupting the adjacentneighborhoods, such as a 7-foot. Additionally, smoking area of the building will be located away from the side of the neighbors and closest to Danforth.

After the approval, the proposal will go before the City Council for further deliberation on Oct. 22. Once approved at the city level, the new senior housing will be funded to accommodate 60 staff members.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Five Tips To Help You Choose Your Outdoor Furniture

Five Tips To Help You Choose Your Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture is an absolute essential for comfortable seating and dining, whether you are looking a place to relax or you are planning an outdoor dinner with your friends.

Here are some tips to help you make your decision.

  1. You will be leaving your furniture out all year round, thus you need to check if it is weatherproof, as this is the only type that will withstand the many various seasonal weather conditions. That is why it is essential to opt for the latest polyurethane furniture, which is more weather resistant. This furniture is also useful in areas where moisture content is high.
  2. Consider the size and number of pieces you need in relation to the area you are populating with your furniture. Adding too many fixtures will make the area look cluttered and you will lose the effectiveness of a beautiful outdoor setting.
  3. There is an extensive variety of materials to choose from including cast aluminum, wicker, teak and rattan. The material that you should choose must be tempered to withstand the climate, humidity and landscape of your space. Consider as well how much you will be using the furniture before buying it. Whether you are going to use it for occasional partying, or will be using it all year round will dictate the quality and price of your decision.
  4. Another important feature of any piece of furniture is comfort. You can opt for ergonomically correct seating and chair lounges which will increase the comfort while you enjoy your patio. It will also add to the value of your seating.
  5. The best types of outdoor furniture are those which are easy to clean and are nonporous. Synthetic wicker can be an excellent option, as it will not promote mould growth or stain. You will only need to use mild soapy water and rinse it with a garden hose to clean this type of furniture.

Furniture is usually bought to last for few years and when they go out of fashion, they are replaced by new colors and styles. It is essential for you to choose the style with affordable prices without compromising on quality.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

2014 Heels for Hope 5K Run in Oklahoma City

2014 Heels for Hope 5K Run in Oklahoma City

If you love running for great causes, then the Heels for Hope 5K Run is the perfect event for you. Offer your support to those diagnosed with ovarian caner while pounding the pavement with friends and fellow enthusiasts!

The 7th Annual Heels For Hope 5K Race is a fundraising event that supports the Heels for Hope Foundation programs. The foundation was formed to raise awareness for risk factors and signs of ovarian cancer while also offering support to patients with cancer. Its goal is to raise money in order to financially support research, treatment and education on ovarian cancer.

The race began in 2008 with 63 participants, but as the years pass, more participants joined and offered their support. This year, organizers are expected to have more then 500 participants for the race.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Wheeler Park. Participants will run along the Oklahoma River Recreational Trails. There will be awards to be given to top finishers of each race category.

If you want to extend more support, sponsorship’s are also available. There is merchandise for sale before and after the race, such as water bottles, t-shirts, and accessories.

Those who wish to join can start pre-registering before midnight of September 9th. Registration will still be available on-site during the race starting from 6:30am and running till 7:45am.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Is a Copper Gutter the Best Solution for You?

Is a Copper Gutter the Best Solution for You

Your house may undergo torrents of water due to rain, snow or ice, causing considerable damage to the roof, walls, sidings and foundation. In order to protect your house against possible water damages, it is extremely necessary to install gutters and downspouts on your roof.

There are different materials being used for the manufacturing of gutters. Copper is one of the most significant one among the various materials.

Below are some of the advantageous features of copper gutters and downspouts.

  1. The most important aspect that makes copper a popular choice is that it can enormously add to the beauty of your home. Copper guttering has an elegant and sophisticated look that will set your home apart from other houses. Furthermore, copper forms a coating know as patina with the passage of time and exposure to the outer element. The patina is usually green in color. It protects the gutters from possible corrosion, no matter what kind of weather condition they are being exposed to. However, you have to apply sealants on the gutters if you prefer its original color to prevent the patina from forming on them.
  2. Copper is an excellent material for gutters and the malleability of this metal makes it extremely suitable for drains. It will never rust, which means that the risk of thinning and breaking of the drain is close to zero. You can be sure that a copper system will last for a long time.
  3. Gutters made from copper require no maintenance on the raw metal and very little on the installed product, if a quality installation has been completed. You don’t have to paint, sand or apply other surface treatments, unlike other materials that can be used for gutters.

However, drain systems made from copper are considered to be the most expensive. The price per foot including installation can go from $15 to $30 per foot; though it is possible to find more affordable options. Copper gutters can be a very worthwhile long term investment due to their long life and low maintenance requirements.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Back to School with a Healthy Smile Offers Free Dental Screenings to Oklahoma Kids

Back to School with a Healthy Smile Offers Free Dental Screenings to Oklahoma Kids

Proper hygiene is an important lesson for kids to learn as early as possible. It is crucial for them to know how to properly take care of themselves so they can prevent triggers of illnesses in their bodies. When kids learn how to keep themselves clean, there will be reduced chances of them getting sick and being absent from school.

The Oklahoma Dental Association will be launching its second Back to School with a Healthy Smile program to encourage kids to keep their teeth clean all year round. Proper dental hygiene contributes to better health and can eliminate oral problems resulting to eating and sleeping disorders. If children are taught to brush properly and keep their teeth clean, they will have less dental decays to worry about.

The Back to School with a Healthy Smile program offers free dental screenings for all children in the elementary schools in Oklahoma. The screenings will be available within the week starting on Monday, Sept. 8th.

Several volunteer dentists will be available to conduct proper screenings to kids. Dentists will be rotated in different schedules.

The program is limited only to dental checkups and does not include professional cleaning. However, the association hopes to make parents aware of their childrens oral hygiene and to encourage them to help kids properly take care of their teeth.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate