Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC School Building Back on Block

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC School Building Back on Block

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The future of the former Page Woodson School in the northeast corridor of the city is still unknown, with Oklahoma City Public Schools requesting proposals for the building again.

The school district approved a proposal on June 6 from Renaissance JFK LLC, with an offer of $900,000 for the building submitted by Eddie W. Jackson, an Oklahoma City attorney.

Jackson's proposal stated that the intended user of the building at 600 N. High would be Langston University, but that deal never came to fruition, said Bob Sullivan of NAI Sullivan Group. Sullivan is representing the school district in the selling of the property.

"(Renaissance JFK's) contingency was to have Langston University as a tenant and they were not able to secure that within the time frame they were allotted," Sullivan said. "They weren't sure they could get it at all. It was just better for them to go ahead and turn the building loose rather than continue."

Cynthia Buckley, chief of staff in the Langston University Office of the President, said the school never submitted a proposal for the building.

"A developer thought it was a good idea and brought it to the university," she said.

When the school district first sought proposals for the building, the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority submitted one. The authority has once again submitted a proposal. Proposals were due on Friday and will be reviewed during the school board meeting on Monday.

Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City President and CEO Cathy O'Connor, who manages OCURA, said the proposal is to purchase the building for $100,000. If the proposal is accepted, OCURA will take requests for qualified proposals for the building and surrounding property it owns. Once a developer is found and purchases the land, OCURA would give that money back to the school district.

"We think that's the best way to make sure the building gets used for something appropriate for the area," she said. …

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