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January 30, 2013

Retirement community builds above-ground structure for seniors

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NORMAN —

Garton said before the shelter was built, she was thinking about getting her own.

“Over the past few years, we’ve had some near misses,” she said regarding tornados that have passed through the area.

“A lot of neighborhoods don’t have anything,” Argo said. “They rely on the city to open up shelters.”

Argo said the community voted on the issue in October, and the association broke ground for the shelter in December. The facility was completed some time last month and electrical wiring in it was finished up last week.

On Tuesday, a few benches were moved into the shelter. Argo said benches will line the walls and they will paint the building inside and out. The shelter is big enough to hold all of the residents at Fiddlers Green, and each homeowner will have a key to it.

The shelter couldn’t have been done at a better time for the neighborhood, as Norman stayed under a tornado watch Tuesday from 5 a.m. to noon.

Jessica Bruha

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jbruha@normantranscript.com

 

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