EDMOND - Francis Tuttle Technology Center officials closed on property located on Progressive Drive, near the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Covell Road on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, with plans to build a facility on the Edmond site. A 38,000 square foot, two-story facility in Cross Timbers Office Park has been designed by developer Raptor Properties, and construction is scheduled to begin in late Spring.
The 3-plus acre site will accommodate Francis Tuttle’s Center for Municipal Excellence, Adult and Career Development courses and workshops, and a business incubator, complete with classrooms and offices.
The Center for Municipal Excellence is a partnership between Francis Tuttle and the City of Edmond to provide training services for municipal employees. It is currently housed in the Cross Timbers Municipal Complex, about a mile from the future site.
Francis Tuttle currently offers courses and workshops in the Edmond Downtown Community Center, but the new location will allow expansion of offerings to serve an increase in population and businesses in the northeast section of the technology center’s district.
The business incubator is expected to boost Edmond economic development efforts, allowing start-up companies a shared resource, collaborative office environment.
The Francis Tuttle district is a consolidation of six school districts, and has three existing campuses: 12777 N. Rockwell Ave., adjacent to the border between the Putnam City and Deer Creek districts; 3500 N.W. 150th St., in the Edmond district; and 7301 W. Reno Ave., in the Western Heights district.
The new facility is tentatively scheduled for completion in April 2013.