Council approves downtown Broken Arrow revitalization plan, 'Rose District' name

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Tulsa has its Blue Dome District and Oklahoma City, its Bricktown, but soon Broken Arrow will have the "Rose District."

Members of the Broken Arrow city council during Tuesday's meeting approved a downtown streetscape plan and the name "Rose District" for the town's arts and entertainment section to be located along Main Street.

The goal of the new street plan is bring new life into Broken Arrow's downtown.

"We are thrilled to take this next step in revitalizing our downtown," said Mayor Craig Thurmond, saying the process has been many years in the making. "Our Main Street will soon be an area people from inside and outside of Broken Arrow will love to come visit and shop."

Among the features of the plan are a 3-lane traffic configuration with angle-parking and a mid-block road crossing. The three lanes would replace the four currently in place, making way for wider sidewalks and outdoor dining, city spokesperson Stephanie Higgins told 2NEWS.

According to officials, the council, Downtown Advisory Board, Planning Commission and the public will be given the chance to view the plans before their implementation.

Preliminary calculations estimate the construction costs to be in the neighborhood of $700,000-$800,000 per block, according to officials.

Higgins said the work could begin as soon as May or June of next year.

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