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.
I understand why SSA would want to move — the old Shepherd Mall has seen better days, and foreclosure proceedings are underway — but the old Shepherd Mall is actually on a bus route, while the new digs are at least two miles from any other transit stop in town. (Route 18 goes straight up Kelley, but turns left at Britton Road, the 9400 block; Route 5 actually makes it to 122nd, but along Pennsylvania, three miles west of Kelley.) You’d think that Not Making People Drive might have been one of their criteria for site selection, but evidently not.