Plans to add a private school to Richardson's Turkish Community Center gets nod from council

City Council approved a special permit for a new private school in Richardson on April 22.

City Council approved a special permit for a new private school in Richardson on April 22.

A new private school within the existing Turkish Community Center on East Collins Boulevard was greenlighted by Richardson City Council on April 22.

The Texas Horizon Academy will be located at 1416 E. Collins Blvd. The facility has been occupied by Turkish American nonprofit the Raindrop Foundation since 2008.

The mission of the foundation is to promote understanding between Turkish and American cultures by providing easy access to educational, charitable, social and cultural services, such as cuisine, art and language classes, according to its website.

The private school would occupy about 3,000 square feet within the 24,100-square-foot center and would include three classrooms. The permit allows for a maximum of 35 middle school students in grades six through eight; however, applicant Maruf Celebi said the facility will start with only two sections of eighth grade in its first year.

Celebi has six months to acquire a certificate of occupancy for the facility.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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