Education , Health

Groundbreaking set for Fairfax Child Care and Senior Center Sept. 9

A groundbreaking for the long-awaited Fairfax Child Care and Senior Center has been set for Sept. 9.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be located at 401 S. 8th Street in Fairfax.

“This project is 100 percent funded by the Osage Nation to support the child care function as well as provide a place for the elders of the Fairfax and surrounding communities to gather and enjoy a meal,” said Bruce Cass, director of the Tribal Development and Land Acquisition in a prepared release.

The funding for the $3 million center was approved in May of 2014 and was sponsored by then-Congressman Geoffrey Standing Bear. Initially approved for $3.3 million, later that year newly-elected Principal Chief Standing Bear, asked the Fourth Osage Nation Congress for $300,000 of that appropriation to help fund improvements to the Palace Grocery Store in Fairfax, which was renamed Venture Foods after it reopened.

According to a 2014 Osage News article, in 2012, the Third ON Congress passed a $225,000 appropriation bill (ONCA 12-87) to fund demolition of the former Fairfax facilities and to fund the architectural design of new facilities.

Preliminary designs of the facility included four classrooms; commons area in the child care center, commons area for the senior center and both facilities will share a kitchen in the center of the building.

According to a prepared release, the center will sit on two acres where a juvenile facility was previously located. The project has been awarded to Builders Unlimited, Inc., out of Tulsa. The project is scheduled to be complete late next year.

For more information call the Osage Nation Constituent Services at (918) 287-5555.