Bradshaw’s partners include son Jason Bradshaw, and three veterans of prior efforts to redevelop the Page-Woodson school – Gina Sofola, Marjorie Young and Don Smitherman. Butzer Gardener Architects of Oklahoma City and Smith Dalia Architects, which is overseeing design of the Journal Record Building, are to oversee the project’s design. The contractor is set to be Lingo Construction, also of Oklahoma City.
Bradshaw said the designs included in his proposal are conceptual, adding he is striving to visit with neighbors and ensure the development compliments the surrounding eastside neighborhoods and preserves the school’s legacy among the community and the city’s African-American residents.
“Since we started developing downtown, we always saw there was a surprisingly very little residential housing in this neighborhood,” Bradshaw said. “We also realized that a large part of the ground was owned by the Urban Renewal Authority. We sensed it was going to be that way until the Page-Woodson school came on market or it would be sold by Oklahoma City Public Schools.”
Bradshaw said the group plans to create 65 residences in the school, and to preserve the 800-seat auditorium.
Bradshaw added his group is talking with the community on ways to commemorate the school and its history, including plazas with monuments in community space throughout the development.
The Page-Woodson development area is one of two major redevelopment projects involving former schools being contemplated in the John F. Kennedy neighborhoods east of downtown.
Donald Dillingham and Oak Hills Private Equity LLC. is planning to redevelop the former Dunbar Elementary as 40 independent senior living apartments.