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City officials unveil Tulsa Arena District plan

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 14:54:41-05

TULSA — City of Tulsa officials announced a master plan Tuesday afternoon for the Arena District in downtown Tulsa.

The plan sets a future vision for the district, comprised of the area on the western edge of the central business district, including the BOK Center, Cox Business Center, civic institutions and Central Library.

“Completing the Arena District Master Plan is an integral step in setting the future direction of Downtown Tulsa,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “I want to thank the many stakeholders who participated in this process that will help guide the City’s public investments in the district and allow our team to begin developing key economic development tools to promote private development.”

PHOTOS: Arena District master plan

Starting in February 2018, a group has been working to assess the current state of the district, evaluate the potential of public infrastructure investments and identify opportunities for private development.

In the plan are three signature public-private projects, including the Page Belcher Federal Building block, the Tulsa Municipal Courts block, and the Denver Avenue Transit Center block. The plan also prioritizes parking spaces, street enhancement projects, more green spaces around the BOK Center and Cox Business Center, a new park on the Civic Center Plaza and renovations to the Plaza of the Americas.

“BOK Center is a perfect example of what this type of vision combined with public and private support can accomplish,” Sparks said. “I don’t think anyone can argue that BOK Center has surpassed expectations and is one of the leading catalyst for downtown economic development. It’s time to continue the momentum and take this area to the next level.”

The plan will be voted on by the Tulsa City Council on Jan. 16 for full adoption.

See the full plan here.

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