TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Plans for a new mixed-use housing development in north Tulsa was shown to the community Tuesday evening during a town hall at the Rudisill Regional Library.
The meeting gave people an opportunity to get a sense of what the developers are envisioning.
When the Tulsa Development Authority sent out a request for proposal for a new housing development in north Tulsa, Terry McGee jumped at the opportunity.
“They put out a request for proposal for six homes to be built on Martin Luther King and Reading,” said McGee. “And I thought to myself, ‘Gosh, that's an under utilization of land.’ and I wonder what would happen if I bid it multi-family.”
That idea developed into Black Wall Street Square.
After partnering his McGee Enterprises with Boomtown Development Company, his plan is coming to fruition.
Townhomes and condominiums filling a gap that was needed in the Dunbar Neighborhood.
“It is a different option that we don't normally see in District 1,” said Vanessa Hall-Harper, Tulsa District 1 city councilor. “And so it’s brownstones, approximately 20 to 25 brownstones that it’s for home ownership.”
Their long-term goal is the same that has been in north Tulsa and Greenwood for quite some time now – to rejuvenate the area.
The goal for tonight, though, is to reach out to the community and get their thoughts on this project.
“I think a lot of developers that come into different communities make a huge mistake by really not knowing a lay of the land and really talking with the folks that are living in the community,” said President of the Dunbar Neighborhood Homeowners Association Bill White. “One of the first things that Terry and his team did was reach out to me and say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re thinking about doing, will you help us?'”
“We want to talk with neighbors in the immediate neighborhood and just citizens in district one to get their input on the project,” said Hall-Harper.
McGee says the next steps are to apply for re-zoning of the area with INCOG and they’re hopeful to break ground within a year.