The historic Brockway Center (1440 N. Everest Ave.), a northeast quadrant landmark, narrowly escaped demolition, thanks to a purchase agreement with the Oklahoma City Redeveloped Authority.
Last year, the Care Center bought the adjoining former home of the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and planned to tear down the landmark to expand the Care Center’s operations.
With a demolition permit pending and the non-profit facing protests by preservationists and northeast quadrant residents, the Care Center initially agreed to sell the house to the redevelopment authority, but only if the Brockway Center could moved to a different location.
Under the terms of an agreement reached last week, the redevelopment authority on Oct. 31 will close on purchasing the house formerly known as the Brockway Center from the Care Center for $400,000.
The deal calls for the home to stay in place and for the north half of the Brockway Center to be given to the Care Center to allow for it to pursue alternative expansion plans.
The authority is committing to issuing a request for proposals that will require the home be preserved.
“We are very pleased that the two organizations were able to work together to find a solution,” said Cathy O’Connor, president of the authority.
“This partnership with The Care Center expands vital community services and honors the work of the women who protested lynching, endorsed women’s suffrage and marched on behalf of civil rights.”
Stacy McNeiland, president of the Care Center, told reporters she was unaware of the building’s history when the non-profit bought it in 2018.
The plan at the time was to tear down to expand the Care Center building.
The center provides services to abused children.
Mrs. McNeiland said the plan includes a reconfiguration of the street that runs through the Care Center complex, which she said will give the non-profit required parking and more of a “campus” feel as it will unite each of its six buildings.