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Many people in Edmond still consider the old Boulevard Academy their school. It served many students over the years, but closed its doors in 1994.
The Boulevard Academy in Edmond is a 90-year-old structure that has served many high school students over the years. The academy served as the home of Edmond High School from 1924 to 1994. However, due to its old structure, the building was eventually left behind and no longer used to house the main high school. Instead, it became an alternative high school, and Edmond students now attend their classes at Memorial High School.
It now remains a historical and memorable place, but it could still be viable for future classes if it went under proper renovation. Because of this, renovations plans have been put into place and have already started, so they can be complete in time for the new school year in the fall.
A $3.3 million budget has been allotted for the renovations, and the money was generated by the the 2011 and 2012 bond issues. Part of the renovations include an elevator from the first floor to the second floor. More restrooms will also be added, as well as new fixtures like doors and windows. Science and computer rooms will also be added where the old auditorium used to be. There will also be major infrastructure improvements to heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems.
Autism has become more frequent in children than it used to be, and families that have kids with autism are deeply affected by the condition as well. They know how difficult it is to meet their child’s special needs, especially when it comes to communicating and socializing with other people.
To help promote autism awareness and kick off Autism Awareness Month, a Kickoff Luncheon will be held on March 7. Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit the programs of Autism Oklahoma, a charitable organization that provides special programs for families affected with autism.
The luncheon and auction will be from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Theater. The luncheon is free and has a maximum capacity of 300 people. For the silent auction, many packed and individual items will be available, including a custom framed Jason Blackmon autographed print. Goodies from local bakeries will be part of the dessert auction.
In addition to the luncheon and auction, a raffle will be held during the event. Raffle tickets are available for sale without any limit on the number of tickets to be purchased. Ten tickets can be purchased for $20.
Senior citizens in Edmond will soon have more options when it comes to housing. There are currently no nursing homes or assisted living communities in the city, but Mon Abri, a proposed housing plan, would introduce an 87-unit housing development, including duplexes and offices for rent.
Mon Abri is being proposed by R.W. Development and will be located along Broadway and Covell Road. The plan proposes 87 units of duplexes and triplexes and up to five office building units. About 10.18 acres will be allocated to the housing units, while 1.59 acres will belong to the office buildings.
The Edmond Planning Commission has already approved the preliminary plan for Mon Abri with a vote of 4-1. Chairman Barry Moore disapproved of the plan due to the fencing issue brought about by the residents of Rock Hollow, a neighboring community.
According to R. W. Development, Mon Abri is ideal for seniors age 55 and above, but there will be no restrictions on the age of interested renters. Units up to five bedrooms will be available for rent with prices ranging from $850 – $2,000 per month.
A 18,000-square foot office building is planned for construction in front of the property, and there will be four more built in front of the Boulevard.
There will always come a time when something goes wrong with your home improvement projects. You may hire an excellent renovation contractor, for example, but external and inevitable factors may arise that are out of their control. If something like that happens, it is good for you to know how to deal with the situation, so you come out ahead in a fair way.
The first thing to remember is that your hired contractor is not always to blame. Most of the time, he or she will do their best to make you happy and do a good job. When you encounter a problem during the renovation, try to be reasonable by first learning what the situation is before you begin pointing fingers. If you instantly blame your contractor, that will only create ill feelings between you, which can cast a negative light on the entire project.
Whenever there are problems with the project, talk to your contractor first. Ask more about the problem and what the cause of the delay or errors may be. Also ask if there is still a chance to make up the time and materials without doubling the cost. Then, ask for suggestions from your contractor as to what they think the best thing would be to do. This shows them that you trust them, which in turn encourages them to live up to the high regard you are placing on them.
It is important to establish trust with your contractor since they are the expert on the project. You will express what you want from the project, but your contractor may have ideas that are even better or will create a more successful solution. You need to give them leeway to show you their expertise.
As a homeowner, you also need to protect your consumer rights by creating a written contract prior to the start of the project. The written contract will indicate the agreed terms between you and your hired contractor, such as what results you are expecting, what materials are to be used, labor costs, etc. That way, if a dispute arises during your project, you can refer to the written contract to review what was previously agreed upon. You also need to provide a copy to your contractor.
There are times when your contractor may be partially liable for the errors, and if that is the case, talk with them about how you can properly settle the issue. Establish terms that will protect you and your investment, while still making your contractor feel comfortable as well. Keep in mind that even if your contractor is not to blame, he or she should be held accountable for finding solutions to problems that occur during the renovation.