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    Classen OKC Public Schools Headquarters

    615 N. Classen
    finish=1978
    height=3 stories
    sq. feet=28,141
    acreage=2.135


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    3/4/14: OKC Schools look to purchase
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    Thoughts at what might happen to the existing property on Klein? Worth saving, given the problems we know it has, or demo for alternate use of the property?

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    This property was transferred to the OKC Public Schools on 3/31/14, so this has clearly gone from a proposal to a deal.

    I'm sure they are working on plans for the renovation, although I haven't seen anything yet.

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    In their Sept. 16th meeting, the Alliance for Economic Development will vote on an action to award the OKC Public Schools $1.073 million in TIF funds for their this new headquarters project.

    In March of this year, the district purchased the building from Chip Fudge for $2.3 million after a failed bid to acquire the old Central High School at 800 N. Hudson, as OCU Law School became the winning bidder for that property.

    The TIF allocation has already been approved by City Council and the estimated $2.5 million renovation should start soon.

    Some quick calculations: $2.3 purchase price plus $2.5 million investment equals $4.8 million total cost. The district is using $3.3 million of MAPS money plus this $1 million TIF allocation, leaving a small gap of less than $500,000.

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    It will be good to see them vacate the current location but the new building is SMALL. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

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    Yes, this new building is only 28,141 square feet while their existing structure is 102,000 SF. However, there are big parts of that old building that are unoccupied.

    Hopefully, 900 N. Klein will sell to a responsible redeveloper. Such a great old structure and perfect for housing.

    BTW, this building was the original Roosevelt Junior High until it moved to it's new location in the late 1950's. When that move was made, the admin offices took over this structure after being previously located at 400 N. Walnut. 400 is the building that was just sold in Deep Deuce for redevelopment.


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    Do you think that would be too far away for a downtown middle or high school in the future?

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    Great News!

    Dr. Dave Lopez got a lot of things achieved while he was interim superintendent. The building at 900 N. Klein use to be the old Roosevelt Jr. High School before the Administrative Offices for OCPS was placed there. I worked there as a student and later as a teacher and an administrator.

    Oklahoma City Public Schools was long overdue for an administrative building way back in the early 70s.

    Definitely remember the problems of leaks, wood floors buckling, the old balcony to the auditorium was enclosed and used for storage as was the pool area. The old exterior of the building on Klein was the pits...

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    __________________________________________________ __________Current OCPS Adm., Bldg...

    New OCPS Administration Bldg., before renovations


    Thank God for technology; they will not need a lot of storage space, they still have the maintenance facility (bus barn area) on N.E. 23rd & Miramar Blvd.

    The bank appears to be a good structure to relocate the OCPS administrative offices.

    "Oklahoma City looks oh-so pretty... ...as I get my kicks on Route 66." --Nat King Cole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warreng88 View Post
    Do you think that would be too far away for a downtown middle or high school in the future?

    The neighborhood has changed along with the boundaries for schools. I doubt if a new high school to serve the area could be built on Klein because there isn't enough land area to hold what's required of today's high schools. A site like Emerson Alternative (Middle & High) School could be built on that site.

    "Oklahoma City looks oh-so pretty... ...as I get my kicks on Route 66." --Nat King Cole.

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    They are finally starting work on this project -- note the construction fence (thanks to shawnw for the photo):


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    Well, we should finally see movement on this site...

    https://freepressokc.com/okcps-gets-...lion-building/

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    Here are some key slides from the presentation to city council:



















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    Thanks for posting the floorplans. Very interesting.

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    Requesting $10,000,000 in TIF money? So the TIF is basically going to pay for about everything? Geez

    On edit, I see that city council actually approved their request? So they have an $11 million and change project and the city is paying $10,000,000 of it? Sounds absurd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthestrip View Post
    Requesting $10,000,000 in TIF money? So the TIF is basically going to pay for about everything? Geez

    On edit, I see that city council actually approved their request? So they have an $11 million and change project and the city is paying $10,000,000 of it? Sounds absurd.
    Keep in mind the lion's share of that TIF money came from the pockets of OKCPS in the first place...

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    I also just realized, being a public school building, this will pay no ad valorem taxes. So to me, this is even a worse deal for OKC to shell out $10mil, which is essentially paying for 90$ of the project.

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