Pearl District homeowners temporarily relieved from eminent domain

Posted at 6:37 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 20:17:38-04

TULSA — There is some light at the end of the tunnel for Pearl District homeowners. They have been worried about losing their homes.

The city of Tulsa put a pause on eminent domain proceedings.

The plan is to build a detention pond over the 45 properties that already exist east of downtown, from Sixth Street and Madison Avenue to Fourth Street and Owasso Avenue. If the plan goes through, homes there would be torn down.

The city bought out 12 properties, so far to make way for the flood control pond. One home is condemned by the city.

Residents have expressed adamant resistance to this project multiple times this week at two neighborhood meetings hosted by city officials.

Tulsa eminent domain conversation continues in second meeting in two days

KJRH was given this statement by a city spokesperson, after asking about the hold:

"The project has been on the master plan since the 1990s. People in the area still have questions, as does the councilor. So, our engineers are working with them to answer."

The overall flood plan includes three ponds: one already sitting in Centennial Park, the one in question, and another to be built of that one.

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