Judge rules in favor of development on part of Helmerich Park land

City to develop part of Helmerich Park
Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 19:22:21-04

TULSA -- A Tulsa County district court judge has ruled Thursday in favor of the development of land on a portion of Helmerich Park. 

Local groups had been fighting to keep the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public Facility Authority from selling the park land, which could be turned into retail stores and restaurants. 

Mayor Bynum released the following decision about the decision:

“We appreciate Judge Sellers’ ruling in this case. This has never been a matter of winning or losing. My chief concern every step of the way has been that we are doing the right thing, so I am thankful for this independent and impartial judicial review of the process.

“I am thankful for the unwavering commitment of the developers who wish to invest in our city. 

“I also have nothing but admiration for the plaintiffs in this matter. I know their pursuit of this matter is based in their desire to do what is best for Tulsa. Should they appeal, as they have indicated they will, I respect that decision and we will proceed accordingly.

“Lastly, I want to thank the City Council. Had they not taken the action they did last year, the development would now be free to proceed with an inferior design that did not contribute to the overall park experience. The Council’s action wisely protected Tulsans’ best interest by insisting on improvements  to the site design and terms of the agreement that will ultimately be a win-win for all parties involved.”

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