|Updated: 11/15/2013 11:52 pm
||Published: 11/15/2013 11:21 pm
Orange cones dot the city of Broken Arrow. Everywhere you look, you'll find the sights and sounds of growth.
In the last three years, we have just seen a snowball of hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction here in Broken Arrow, all starting in the Rose District, Lynn Lane Plaza, Hillside Drive, updates along the Highway 51 corridor and new Shops at Aspen Creek.
I sat down and talked with the mayor of Broken Arrow, Craig Thurmond, who says the city has an array of developing projects and construction.
"We have worked for the past 10 years to get to where we are today," he said.
Mayor Thurmond told me it's been a concentrated effort of the city and economic developers to get the vision of more restaurants and retail for the growing population.
West is part of that team, and as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, he showed me the major construction sites they are working on right now.
"In the Rose District, they are working on the city streetscape, more buildings on Main Street and In the Raw is going in.”
West also tells FOX23 there are plans for a rooftop bar.
"We are going to lease out the rooftop space and have the only rooftop bar in Broken Arrow."
Jason Scarpa owns Main Street Tavern. He says he believes in the chamber's vision and wants another location to build on success of the area -- "I wanted to be a bigger part of it."
Across town at the Shops of Aspen Creek, FOX23 was there when they broke ground on the 270,000-square-foot Warren Theater.
Along the Highway 51 corridor, I found out the chamber is evaluating local and national developers for a new conference center.
"We are going through the proposal process. They're even doing projects to support the projects ... staying on top of infrastructure and widening the roads at Aspen, Tucson, Lynn Lane, 61st Street south to the BA expressway to support the new developments."
For the people who drive these streets daily, it's a big deal.
"This is our home," Amanda Baker tells FOX23. She's pleased with all the new construction signs that go up because she knows she will be pleased with the final product.
FOX23 spoke with Broken Arrow residents and the majorities say they don't mind putting their money back into the community just to see the community grow.
The mayor of Broken Arrow tells us,
"What we are going to see over the next five years in Broken Arrow is going to be truly amazing."
In fact, FOX23 has learned there are some plans in the works that are so new they can't talk about them just yet.
One of the newest additions to the community is on Hillside Drive, which used to be a road to nowhere.
Developers say it will now be a retail-traffic game changer.
Mayor Thurmond tells us, "there will be a new road going through here where people can drive to Los Cabos, Bass Pro and Charleston's."
The bulldozers and orange cones are all connecting the dots to the bigger vision for the city.
The Broken Arrow Chamber tells me they hope to have this road complete by February. Until then, the construction signs will stick around.