The city of Coweta is growing and growing


Friday, November 5th 2004, 10:50 am
By: News On 6


The town of Coweta revealed this week it might be in the running for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter and there is plenty of other development too.

As News on 6 business reporter Steve Berg explains, the home of the Fighting Tigers is hungry for growth.

The main thing you notice in Coweta if you haven't been here in awhile is all the new subdivisions. Real estate agent Tambra Coulter says there are 200 homes in this one alone. “You're in Wagoner County, so as far as value, your lots to build on are less money, and then your taxes are less." "1,200 new rooftops have received permits. If you go to the outlying areas of the city proper, there's a lot of residential growth."

Greg Graham with the Coweta Chamber of Commerce says Coweta's population has grown by 2,000 people over the past 7 years. By comparison it only grew by 500 in the 7 years before that. The turning point was the Muskogee Turnpike.

Coweta had always enjoyed modest growth, but once the turnpike went in, things really took off. Tambra Coulter: "It had to go somewhere and the Creek allowed it to come along here." They believe Broken Arrow's growth is starting to spill over into Coweta, as the region's population makes its never-ending march to the southeast. And it may not be done yet.

Coulter says it only takes her about 25 minutes to get to downtown Tulsa. "I mean if you live in a heavy traffic area in the city, there's not a lot of difference, when you look at it that way."

Like a lot of fast-growing towns, Coweta needs to generate more sales taxes, so they can provide services for all the new people. That's why they want the Wal-Mart, so people will shop locally, instead of going to Broken Arrow.