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Gym project at Nichols Hills Elementary is on hold

Construction is on hold for a new gym at Nichols Hills Elementary School while school district officials figure out why it is being built on a different side of the school than originally planned. Neighbors threatened to sue about the new location.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: July 25, 2012

— Oklahoma City Public Schools officials are trying to figure out why the site for a new gym at Nichols Hills Elementary School is in the wrong place.

Construction has stopped at the school, 1301 W Wilshire Blvd.

The gym originally was set to be built along McKinley Avenue, which is on the east side of the school property, but construction has begun on the west side of the property.

The issue came up when a group of concerned residents addressed the school board at its July 16 meeting.

The residents live in the 8000 block of Glenwood Avenue, which abuts the back of the school property. They became concerned about construction when a tall pad of dirt was laid in anticipation of a foundation.

The site pad is taller than most fences, said resident John Heatly, who is president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association.

A gym stacked on top would be bad for property values, he said.

The residents have protested with city and MAPS officials, but they asked the school board for something better, Heatly said.

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