Wyandotte Nation breaks ground on Community Center

From left, Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend, Architect Robert Johnson, Builders Unlimited Inc. Owner  Steve Wright, Wyandotte Nation Councilperson Juanita McQuistion, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr., Councilperson Eric Lofland, and Councilperson Ramona Reid. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

From left, Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend, Architect Robert Johnson, Builders Unlimited Inc. Owner Steve Wright, Wyandotte Nation Councilperson Juanita McQuistion, Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr., Councilperson Eric Lofland, and Councilperson Ramona Reid. (William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

The Wyandotte Nation broke ground on a 7,184 square foot Community Center Friday, July 12, near the newer housing developments in Wyandotte, Okla.

“This Community Center is going to be a great addition for all of our citizens who live here,” said Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend to a large crowd attending the groundbreaking ceremony.

Floor plans for the $1.2 million community center, located at 14325 Porcupine Rd., will provide space for a senior center, activity center, kitchen and a saferoom. It will also be the new home to the Wyandotte Nation housing department, which should make the offices more accessible to all.

The center will also be available to rent space out for baby showers, birthday parties, and other events.

The saferoom has enough space to hold around 120 people in the event of adverse weather conditions.

The kitchen will not be serving daily meals, but is available for special events.

Builders Unlimited Inc., based out of Tulsa, Okla., will do the construction on the project. It is a Native American owned company.

Builders Unlimited’s previous projects include the Broken Arrow Historical Museum and the Choctaw Nation Headstart in Wilburton, Okla.

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