Residents upset with plans to build tiny homes neighborhood in south Tulsa

Posted at 10:12 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 01:07:33-04

The vision for a tiny homes neighborhood in south Tulsa has some residents upset.

2 Works for You first reported the plans for the tiny homes village last week.

Only a couple of hurdles stand in the way of making this place a reality, however a new hurdle arises after neighbors express their concerns.

"All of the neighbors are up in arms," Connie Cohea, a resident who lives near the lot where the proposed tiny village will stand.

These tiny homes are causing big problems for some residents near 81st and Union. The vision of a tiny neighborhood, sits just behind Cohea's fence.

"It's very upsetting, especially since it's going to be in my backyard," Cohea said.

An idea to bring simplified living inspired the neighborhood. Andrea Chase, the developer, said its eco-friendly and the quintessential, "pocket neighborhood."

However, some who live next to it disagree.

"I don't feel like its something that fits out in this neck of the woods," Jim Peppler, a resident who lives near the development said.

Most residents in the area have lived in the area for 20 plus years and said bringing in 10 new tiny homes on a nearly five acre lot will ruin their sense of peace and rural country living.

"The tiny home situation is all about the HGTV and everybody is talking about it, but has anybody investigated how long people in those tiny homes lived there and how long those homes remained afterward?" Pepper said.

Other residents agree and said it's all just a fad

"What happens when the supposedly young professionals who buy these homes make more money and they say hey, I'm tired of living in 500 square feet," Cohea said.

Some neighbors said the tiny homes vision is just a quote "glorified trailer park."

The developer is holding a meeting Thursday for those who wish to voice their opinions.

It starts at 6 p.m. at the Zarrow library.

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