At the end of 2016, the future of the Osage Beach Elementary building was uncertain. With 34,000 square feet of original space, a lot of work would need to be done in order to overhaul the building into anything other than a school. The building was auctioned off in March 2017 and purchased by Old School Investment LLC. As of December 2017, the school is now an open platform that is ready to fill its halls with new business.

At the end of 2016, the future of the Osage Beach Elementary building was uncertain. With 34,000 square feet of original space, a lot of work would need to be done in order to overhaul the building into anything other than a school. The building was auctioned off in March 2017 and purchased by Old School Investment LLC. As of December 2017, the school is now an open platform that is ready to fill its halls with new business.

Design coordinator Rhonda Bohrn worked with Thomas Construction in Osage Beach to completely change the interior design of a portion of the school. Now, filled with a operational law office and title company, visitors with a previous knowledge of the school’s look would be lost in its new design.

Classrooms have been changed to accommodate office spaces. Walls have been built to cut off unneeded space and new flooring and paint have been applied on every surface. Bohrn says that they even added on 2,000 square feet of space to the building in order to build brand new conference rooms near the main lobby area.

What hasn’t been changed in much of the exterior features. The original brick construction of the outside walls is still in its original form, though some entryway work has been done to better represent the law office.

With the remaining classrooms and other school areas that have yet to be filled, Bohrn plans to host a number of businesses. There are already some that have taken over these rooms, including Rising Star Dance Studio and Unicorn Boutique.

Within the next month, Bohrn says they will be welcoming Sheer Genius Styling Salon and a Tai Chi Studio. Spaces are currently open for rental opportunities for any business interested. Most spaces need heavy renovation work in order to become operational, though Bohrn sees this as a benefit. She says that any company that actively rents out a space may change the interior look in any way they see fit. She says the law office and title company were designed by her and she hopes the rest of the building takes on a unique appearance and feeling.

“When you walk into this building, I want everything to eventually feel very individualized,” Bohrn said.

The building space as a whole will go under the name Old School Commons. Bohrn says they are planning a grand opening sometime after the Fourth of July and hopes there will be more business spaces filled in that time.