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OSU Institute of Technology brings new life into downtown Okmulgee

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OKMULGEE, Okla. (KTUL) – After three years, the Grand Old Post Office had its grand opening Tuesday morning. It will now be the home to 75 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology students.

For one day only, members of the community stopped by the building located at the corner of East 5th Street and North Grand Avenue.

The building is more than 100 years old. No two rooms inside are alike and many features are repurposed parts of the old building.

“Most people in this generation only remember this structure as an abandoned building and now they are seeing life here again,” said Bill Path, president of OSU IT.

The university is partnering with Okmulgee Rising, an organization to get people to visit downtown Okmulgee in an effort to grow the area.

“To bring this community and some of these beautiful buildings back into their second hundred years is just, it’s amazing,” said Margaret Hess, who has lived in Okmulgee her entire life.

Tours will continue until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. The building will close at 9 p.m.

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