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Moving forward with a Tulsa neighborhood's redevelopment

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A long planned redevelopment of the Kendall Whittier neighborhood took another step forward Wednesday.

A new housing development is taking shape with the opening of some new homes, built in place of old rundown ones. News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan visited the new development at 5th and Lewis.

It's been a long time since new homes were built in Kendall Whittier. For decades, the neighborhood suffered because of run down homes - but a renewal started with some public investment in infrastructure - new wide sidewalks, good lighting and new trees.

The progress helped attract a developer who built 6 new homes with 3 more on the way. Workers continue with the finishing touches on several of the homes - but the builder says they've already generated interest. He thinks they'll sell quickly - averaging $110,000. The new homes are an extension of what's happening in north Tulsa.

The city moved in to buy rundown and sometimes abandoned properties, cleared the land and sold it to a developer. The payoff is new homes in an established area. Tulsa mayor Bill LaFortune says what the city calls infill development is critical to keeping young families in the city who might otherwise go to the suburbs.

The homes compare in size to the existing homes in the neighborhood - but also have garages. The builder behind it has already built nearly 100 new homes in north Tulsa. It took years to get to this point.

The county built a new library nearby and there is a new school and post office. It's all starting to pay off with one of the city's oldest neighborhoods coming alive again.
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