Downtown Tulsa Reasor's Vote Delayed

Monday, September 12th 2016, 9:35 am
By: News On 6

The Performing Arts Center Trust postponed a vote on whether or not members want a grocery store in downtown Tulsa. It is a story we brought you first - and one we have been keeping a close eye on.    

The trust was set to decide Monday afternoon whether to move ahead with Indianapolis-developer Flaherty and Collins. Instead, trustees voted 12-to-1 to table the issue until November.

During the meeting, board members still had questions about the development contract terms - questions about future use provisions once it's done, and the board also wants another appraisal of the property to make sure they can get the most for the property.

With so many questions, some board members seemed frustrated and motioned to outright end any discussion with developers.

However, another spoke up and said frustrations shouldn't be the reason to completely drop the plan, so, instead, he moved to table it yet again.

PAC board member, Jono Helmerich said, “The fact of the matter is, at some point, you have to go ahead and put a stake in the ground and make a decision."

"I'm not ready to nix it,” board member Skip Teel said. “I still think there is a marvelous opportunity, but I want to know how that fits in a plan that we have not yet devised."

The development would build a 32,000-square foot Reasor's Grocery store and 240 apartments - along with a parking garage - to what is currently a parking lot near 3rd and Cincinnati in Downtown Tulsa.

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It would have space for 600 vehicles - a point of contention for the trust - who has worried in the past that this would take parking away from patrons.

With this plan - there are actually a few more parking spaces.

The Reasor's would be a different model from any of the current locations in Tulsa - a smaller footprint geared more towards prepared meals and smaller transactions.