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OCRA, CARE Center reach agreement to save historic Brockway Center
A new agreement regarding the historic Brockway Center will save it from demolition and provide expanded space nearby for the CARE Center’s critical child advocacy services.
The Oklahoma City Redevelopment Authority (OCRA) and the CARE Center will each own parts of the property when the deal closes. OCRA will own the Brockway Center house, which was the longtime home of the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. The CARE Center will own most of the rest of the property, which will be part of its expanding campus and parking area.
OCRA will buy the house from the CARE Center for $400,000, and deed back much of the rest of the lot to the Center. The deal is expected to close on or before Oct. 31.
The CARE Center bought the Brockway Center, 1440 N Everest Ave., last year as part of the nonprofit’s planned expansion. It’s west of the Center’s main campus, 1403 Ashton Place, on Oklahoma City’s inner northeast side.
Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice and other Oklahoma City residents shared concerns with the CARE Center in February about the future of the Brockway Center because of its cultural value. The CARE Center and OCRA worked together to find a solution that saved the house, but still allowed the Center to expand.
OCRA won’t demolish the building and is likely to solicit proposals to redevelop it. The CARE Center’s plan for the property and adjacent land it already owned is for a new building and parking lot to accommodate its expansion.
The CARE Center is the only child advocacy center in Oklahoma County and provides services for mental health, family advocacy, medical exams, resource referrals, forensic interviews and abuse prevention education. Visit carecenter-okc.org for more.
OCRA promotes growth, development and redevelopment in our community. Its meetings are coordinated and staffed by the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.
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