OC plans to expand student housing at retirement home
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.”
- Oklahoma part of major beef recall, see if your neighborhood grocery store made the list
- Woman's car payments hid her death for 6 years, body found mummified in backseat of car
- TRAGIC: Man dies from injuries after being hit with his own vehicle
- Sandwich Suspension: 2-year-old girl punished by daycare over cheese sandwich
- PHOTO: Oklahoma Gov. daughter responds to photo stirring up controversy online