Small area plan for north Tulsa neighborhood goes to Planning Commission

TULSA - A big section of north Tulsa is moving closer to a possible makeover.

On Wednesday, the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission will decide whether to schedule a public hearing for the proposed 36th Street corridor small area plan.

The proposal is to redevelop 36th Street North, particularly in the areas between Lewis Avenue and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. The blueprint calls for construction of new homes, stores, businesses and parks, in the area. The plan also includes improvements to transportation.

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Several community members have worked with the city of Tulsa, since 2012, to draft the proposal. "It's here, we're focused and we're not going to take our eyes of the prize now," said resident and community leader Sharon Hanson.

Tracie Chandler, also of north Tulsa, believes focusing redevelopment efforts on 36th Street North, will benefit the entire city. "We've got to do what we can to come together and understand that this is one Tulsa," she said.

The community involvement with the plan is also drawing accolades from city leaders. "I think it's just an exciting process to really see the neighbors come together and build city policy, as part of this planning effort," said Dawn Warrick, the city of Tulsa's Director of Planning and Economic Development.

If approved, the plan would be paid for with both private and public funds.

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