A Sallisaw business developer has big plans to turn the Old Sallisaw Middle School (Tommie Spear Middle School) into a regional museum featuring collector cars and other vintage vehicles.
Last week the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners approved the exchange of property (the school) with developer Larry Crowe. As part of the deal, Crowe paid an additional $50,000 for the property. In the property exchange, the city will take possession of a piece of property Crowe owns at 109 E. Choctaw.
Crowe says the construction will occur in two phases and will take about two years to complete. In the first phase, the interior and exterior of the building will be upgraded, while the original entry will remain. There is a possibility that some cars could go on display at that time.
Crowe’s plans for the museum include displays of collector cars and memorabilia, along with vintage trucks, tractors, motorcycles, boats and more.
Some of the items will be for sale on a consignment basis, while others will strictly be on display, Crowe said. Plans are also in the works for billboards advertising the museum to be erected on eastbound and westbound Interstate 40.
Crowe said he hopes the museum will draw more attention to the Old Sallisaw High School, and he noted that the property exchange would save the middle school property for future generations.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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