Historic neighborhood asks for historic look for new Lincoln Elementary School

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ARDMORE, OK - Built in 1928, Lincoln Elementary has seen generations of Ardmoreites learn for 85 years.

But a $31 million dollar bond issue passed in May means a brand new school will be built, and neighbors who live in the Carnegie historic neighborhood have made a request.

"That the new Lincoln School project the same image and tradition of the one that's been here," said Jack Riley, who is part of the Carnegie Neighborhood Association.

He said the group has expressed its concerns to superintendent Sonny Bates since before the bond passed. Bates said giving the new modern school an historic look is one of their goals, but it still has to be big enough.

"On the other hand they were asking for space and to be able to add more electives and those types of things," said Bates.

Construction manager Steven Ryan explained the challenge.

"The question is how do we incorporate the current architecture into what we're gonna build," Ryan said.

Renderings of what they've proposed show the two-story, 61,000 square foot Lincoln Elementary will sit on the northwest side of the property, built to match the color scheme of the historic neighborhood.

"It'll look bigger, but it will be hopefully the same colors that everybody is used to seeing as they drive by, the same color of brick, same color of EIFS, same color of shingle roof on top of it," Ryan said.

While neighbors differ in opinion when it comes to the proposal Riley said it comes down to maintaining tradition.

"We want the appearance to portray that legacy that's carried on from the past within our neighborhood," he said.

Construction on the new school is set to begin this summer, and Ryan hopes to be finished by September 2015.