Even as landmark shop, Conrad Farms, prepares to close, Bixby is continuing to grow. The community got a first look at a new school building Tuesday.
Northeast Elementary and Intermediate School, 11901 E. 131st St. South, will welcome about 500 students August 20th when the school year begins. It includes a gym, stage, and six storm rooms. It is built to hold between 850 and 900 students. It provides room for more growth in the area and alleviates possible overcrowding at existing schools.
"I think this building is a really good step in that process. That we built this building, and it's not at capacity. So, we can look for the future and have growth and know that we have a place for those children as Bixby continues to grow," said school principal Jamie Milligan.
Mayor Ray Bowen said between 2011 and 2012, Bixby grew at a 5 percent rate.
"That was the best in the state of Oklahoma," Bowen said. He explained that construction is underway near 101st and Memorial for a Raising Cane's Chicken. It will sit near a Sprouts grocery and Andy's Frozen Custard shop, which both opened this year.
However, Conrad Farms will halt operations this fall. The owners are retiring. Vernon Conrad said they are in talks with a real estate developer. That could make for more housing in the area.
Conrad Farms shopper Elaine Shepherd reminisced to Channel 8 about the way Bixby used to be during her childhood.
"Going, you know, to the old drug store on Main Street. We went to have a Coke after school and stuff. Miss a lot of those old times," Shepherd said.