EDMOND, Okla. – Thanks to a boom in enrollment, Oklahoma Christian University decided to convert Tealridge Retirement Community into student housing.
The university opened Tealridge in 1990, but insist no elderly residents or staff will be asked to leave now. Instead, the rooms will be transitioned to student living as they become available.
“This is a mult-year process. We want those senior residents to stay, it’s their home.” OC Spokesperson Risa Forrester said.
Currently, about 30 students live at Tealridge, most of them upperclassmen or married.
Despite reassurances, some residents are worried they will be forced to move out.
“You have your own little group, interact with each other. And the thing is that there’s a sense of camaraderie here.” 95-year-old David Costine said. “And when we leave this is gone. So it hurts.”
In a letter given to every resident, Tealridge president assures residents the transition will be “a gradual and natural transition that will take place over several years.”