Community , Health

New Fairfax center receiving fire code modifications, opening delayed

FAIRFAX, Okla. – Due to necessary building modifications to meet fire codes, the Osage Nation’s child care and senior center will not open until January.

According to Bruce Cass of the ON Tribal Development and Land Acquisition Department, the Fairfax center has an anticipated opening date in January 2017. In August, the Nation announced the Fairfax facility’s opening would be rescheduled due to the additional building work needed.

At that time, the Nation said the Fairfax center’s opening delay is due to building designer modifications compliant with Oklahoma State Fire Marshal codes that are needed before an opening date can be scheduled.

According to the Nation, which broke ground on the Fairfax center in September 2015, the dual-use building is 10,000 square feet and will contain: classrooms and a commons area in the child care center; an enclosed playground and two FEMA storm safe rooms. The senior center side contains a commons area. Both facilities will share a commercial-size kitchen in the center of the building to serve meals for both child care and senior programs.