TULSA, Okla. –The City of Tulsa has named two finalists to design and build a Route 66 mixed-use development near Southwest Blvd. and Riverside.
Hund Capital and Sharp Boulder Enterprises LLC are now competing for this opportunity. Hund Capital is a property development company that has carried out development work in the Pearl District. Sharp Boulder Enterprises has invested in properties in River Parks and the Riverview area.
The proposed development is to include a Route 66 interpretive centre, on-site parking, restaurants and retail. The project architecture should include “unique features that represent an iconic style destination rather than a replica of branded projects and should be compatible with river and skyline views”. The city said it would also consider proposals with a hotel or residential development.
Full application details can be found here.
The idea for an interpretive center and museum has been around since at least 2003, when Tulsa County voters passed the Vision 2025 sales tax for improvements throughout the county, including the Road 66.
The Route 66 Alliance announced in 2015 that it wanted to build a $19.5 million interpretive center and shopping complex on this same waterfront site. It lacked funding to continue.
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The city says that because the development would use about $5 million in public funds, it also plans to get community input.
Follow-up interviews will take place later this month. It’s unclear when the city will make its final decision.
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