Broken Arrow unveils ideas for downtown revitalization plans

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The city of Broken Arrow unveiled a new plan to revitalize Main Street Tuesday.

City spokeswoman Stephanie Higgins says the ideas include changes to parking, traffic lanes, drainage and streetscapes.

"We want people to come and give us their opinion, 'Do you like this idea, do you want it to stay the same?'" she said.

But this time Higgins says the city is taking serious steps to do something about it. The city hired architect and engineering firm R.L. Shears to take come up with the plans.

"This time we are taking a concerted effort to look at it, to talk to the Main Street merchants," Higgins said. "To talk to our residents."

But some merchants like Linda Tippins are concerned about how construction would affect their business.

"I would love to see it stay the same," she said. "I think it's always the main thing in construction, the length of time that it take for a project to start and finish it can put a small business out of business quickly."

Higgins says it's still early in the planning process and the length of time and how much the project will cost taxpayers will depend on what they decide to do.

Two public workshops will be held Tuesday September 25, at Central 201 N. Main Street, from 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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