The Beta Eta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has purchased the old Garden Oaks Elementary School Building from the Oklahoma City Public School District, The Black Chronicle has learned.
A spokesman for the fraternity chapter said plans are underway to convert the building into a community center.
“The building that once served the community as an elementary school will soon re-open with a whole new community approach, “a spokesman for the fraternity chapter said, noting that groundbreaking ceremonies were held last week.
The former elementary school (3401 NE 16th St.) will become the new Garden Oaks Community Center.
The Alpha Community Foundation of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City freaternity chapter will use the facility “to inspire and empower” residents of northeast Oklahoma City, it was said.
“This is one of the greatest things that could ever happen to our chapter, because, when you have a home, you have a foundation, and this is where we’re going to be forever,” said Melvin Gaines, president of the chapter.
The9e-acre lot and 27,000 sq. ft. building will be renovated and will be used by the entire community,” Mr. Gaines commented.
“We want this to be a place for kids, seniors and everyone in-between,” said George Williams, chairman of the foundation.
“It’s going to have a computer lab, a library, game room for students.
“We’ll have place to meet for other organizations in the community that are doing great work.”