The past couple of weeks have been big for SixTwelve! As reported, Ron Ferrell has agreed to be a board member and last Wednesday, James went before the OKC Urban Design Commission to request approval for new balconies, landscaping, a wheelchair ramp, stairs and a new door for wheelchair accessibility. We received unanimous approval for all of our requests. We're so, so excited!!!! For the past two years, we've been working with the city to obtain the necessary approvals for the changes we need to make to the building and lot. We've experienced a steady stream of applications, meetings, hearings, etc. and we really couldn't do much more than we have without taking these steps. It would have been terrible to spend money on renovations, only to be told that we hadn't followed procedure and then have to tear things out and start again. So we've followed the proper path of progress and it's all about to pay off!
James has done such a great job, especially when you consider that neither one of us has ever done anything like this before. We've had so much help along the way and couldn't be more grateful for the support of people like Catherine Montgomery, Harry Simms, Brian Fitzsimmons and all of the people on the staff and commissions we've met with in OKC. Because of their guidance and voice of reason, we are now going to be able to move forward in our renovations and that will take us closer to our dream of opening our doors!
The next steps include changes we need to make to the building and lot, asking two more people to be on our board, filling out the non-profit application, creating policies, procedures, bylaws, etc. and then building our staff and programs! We've come so far and that helps to give us confidence that we have what it takes to accomplish these goals. I'm realizing more and more everyday that it's a real blessing to work towards our dreams. We're taking it one day at a time, but each day is an adventure and getting to do this with James makes it even more fun. So proud of him! I'm proud of both of us.
Happy Monday everybody!