Tulsa Brownfield Initiative Churns Ahead

In the five years since completion of the North Tulsa Brownfields Areawide Redevelopment Plan, nearly $120 million has been committed to cleanup and redevelopment at five of the top nine sites shortlisted in the plan.

The redevelopment plan covered the area roughly between I-244 and 36th Street North, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Peoria Avenue, reaching slightly into downtown to include Storey Wrecker. The city of Tulsa met with a neighborhood advisory committee and other community members, working together to identify vacant, underutilized sites with environmental barriers to redevelopment and taking a proactive approach to converting these sites to economic engines for the community.

The city-of-Tulsa-owned Evans-Fintube site, located in the Historic Greenwood District, has been chosen as the preferred site for USA BMX’s national arena and headquarters. The Vision Tulsa sales tax approved by voters in 2016 includes $15 million for design and construction of the facility.

Environmental cleanup is in progress at the Evans-Fintube site, and is scheduled on a timetable that will allow USA BMX to open for business in 2019. Olympic trials are planned at the site in 2020.

Cleanup of asbestos and lead-based paint at the Evans-Fintube site was completed early in 2017. After some additional testing of the soil and groundwater, a request for proposals will be issued early in 2018 for cleanup of contaminants found through the testing.

Environmental cleanup is complete at the former Morton Hospital site, and the Tulsa Development Authority has approved plans for a $25 million mixed-use development. Michael E. Smith, a Tulsa native and current resident of Houston, plans to build Morton’s Reserve, preserving the former hospital building for commercial/office and museum use, and adding two new buildings – one for office and commercial use and one for a three-story apartment building.

Tulsa County purchased the Storey Wrecker site and plans to relocate its juvenile justice facility there. Demolition of the structure was recently completed, and the county has arranged for an environmental consultant to test for contaminants and prepare a remediation plan. Construction is estimated to begin in early 2018.


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