Broken Arrow prepares for downtown revitalization

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 6/05/2013 12:34 pm Published: 6/05/2013 11:22 am

If you’re driving through downtown Broken Arrow, you can expect to start seeing more “coming soon” signs, and more signs of construction.

It is part of the revitalization, and city leaders say it’s been a long time coming.

Ann Carter is general manager and co-owner of Furniture and Design studios says, “the more the better.”

The furniture store has been on Main Street for almost forty years. In that time city leaders say Broken Arrow’s population has grown from just 11,000 to more than 102,00.

Carter says she’s seen change downtown, but this could be the best yet.

“I think this probably the most positive change they’ve made on Main Street, bringing higher end businesses; higher end restaurants to Main Street will benefit all the merchants.”

Further down the block, Melissa Shumen is manager at Main Street Tavern.

“On a weekly basis we are looking at almost 2,000. We want to grow the new customers.”

She says the pedestrian-friendly and festival-welcoming changes coming to the Rose District will do just that.

“We want foot traffic down here,” Shumen says. “If we’re on an hour wait, they can go across the street to the new brew house. We just basically feed off each other.”

Construction for the $3.7 million street-scaping project is set to begin Monday and plans to wrap up by mid-October.

Wednesday city leaders announced a Brewhouse Pub and a wine and cigar business will be moving in downtown, and they say about a half dozen more announcements are coming in the next few weeks.

Carter says, “The nicer places that we have to eat out, the more time people will spend in those locations, so it’s got to be beneficial to retail merchants also.”

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