Fraternity teams to convert Garden Oaks Elementary into local community middle

Two Black fraternity organizations have purchased a previous Oklahoma City elementary school with ideas to rework the house into a community heart.

Alpha Group Basis of Oklahoma and the Beta Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity not too long ago purchased the formerBack garden Oaks Elementary University from Oklahoma Town Community Schools. A floor-breaking ceremony was held on July 9 at the former school, 3401 NE 16.

George Williams, the nonprofit foundation’s president, claimed his team estimates renovation of the 27,500-square-foot constructing will price about $1 million. He claimed the business is in the early levels of fundraising to entire the undertaking in phases.

A classroom in the former Garden Oaks Elementary School is shown in this photo. The Alpha Community Foundation of Oklahoma, along with the Beta Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, recently purchased the building to turn it into a community center.

Black fraternities have historically forged solid ties to their communities and Alpha Phi Alpha is no different. He mentioned the fraternity previously has a number of local community packages like the Alpha Boys Institute, a mentoring outreach. They hope to give those systems a lasting dwelling at the group centre.

Facility to home a wide variety of community pursuits

Williams, a Baylor College graduate, stated fraternity members visualize the former college developing turning out to be a neighborhood hub, with a personal computer lab and community library. The fraternity organizations also hope to offer low-value place of work space for area businesses, a game area for neighborhood students, a music studio and a multipurpose room the place totally free neighborhood activities like dance, martial arts and physical exercise courses could be offered.

George Williams, president of the Alpha Community Foundation of Oklahoma, discusses proposed floor plans with Scott Wise with the City of Oklahoma City's development services, during Wise's site visit to the former Garden Oaks Elementary School, 3401 NE 16.

The team wishes to see the building’s exterior remodeled, as very well. An outdoor pavilion for community festivals and other activities is portion of their proposal for the roughly 10-acre home. The fraternity companies would also like to see a neighborhood yard, going for walks paths, basketball courts and athletics fields for community leagues take shape there.

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