Tulsa To Begin Feasibility Study For Historic Site

Friday, July 31st 2020, 4:15 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

A site that has sat vacant for decades near downtown Tulsa is about to be revitalized once again.

The city of Tulsa announced Friday, they're starting an economic feasibility study for the Evans Fintube site in the historic Greenwood District.

"This will give us a clear road map for what is most economically possible for development on that site," said Nick Doctor, the Chief of Community Development and Policy for Tulsa.

Doctor says residents and the city have discussed plans for the area for decades but the plans gained traction when USA-BMX announced plans to build their headquarters on the north half of the land.

Construction is right on schedule now, the city is figuring out what will go on the rest of the property.

"We knew that having an entertainment center like USA BMX's national headquarters and track there would make future development on that site much easier," said Doctor.

The city is working with HR&A advisors on the study and will get feedback from Tulsa residents and other partners about what they want to go in the space, whether it be retail, residential, or something else. Doctor says the area has a lot of history and once housed Oklahoma Iron Works and Bethlehem Supply Company, which provided steel for downtown skyscrapers.

He says they want to keep that history as they determine what's best going forward.

"We're hoping that through this process that that building is rehabilitated and continues to be a feature of that site for decades,” said Doctor.

The study should be finished by early 2021.