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The Iron Gate Denied Move to Pearl District

The Board of Adjustment ruled that a well-known soup kitchen may not move into the developing Pearl District on the east end of downtown Tulsa.

The Iron Gate desired to move from Trinity Episcopal Church to third and Peoria. But the move required special exception from the Board of Adjustment and a hearing.

The city hall meeting room was packed with passionate supporters of Iron Gate who fought long and hard to move it into the Pearl District, bringing their ministry of feeding the homeless to the district.

"You never want to go in and come out on the losing end of the deal so obviously it is a setback," said Shane Saunders, board member for Iron Gate.

The board of adjustment delivered the rejection in front of a crowd, including business and property owners from the Pearl District, who feared they were losing years of work and development.

"We have just been listening to our neighbors and our business owners and trying to figure out the best way to move forward was. I'm grateful and I'm relieved," said Leanne Benton, president of the Pearl District.

The board denied the request for a soup kitchen at third and Peoria, based on concerns for the neighborhood's safety and development and issues with the parking.

Now Iron Gate is looking for a new location, having outgrown the downtown church that has been home for decades.

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