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April 30, 2014

Win-win for our residents

NORMAN — Gov. Mary Fallin had a busy pen this week. She turned down several bills that were narrow in focus. However, she signed House Bill 2831, which allows the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to sell or lease some of its Norman properties.

“It is a real good thing for Norman,” said Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman. He and Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, were sponsors on the bill.

Commissioner Terri White is working with a group of Norman stakeholders to decide the best uses for property that is no longer necessary to the mission of Griffin Hospital and the DMHSAS.

Some of the parcels — such as the southwest corner of Robinson Street and 12th Avenue Northeast — may become commercial and be sold to a developer. Boosters of the project believe it could be developed similar to Brookhaven Square a few miles to the west.

The state wants to use the money to repair, replace or remodel buildings it is using on the Griffin Hospital campus. Many of those buildings were built more than 50 years ago and have had little maintenance done on them.

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