Neighbors say no to development

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 12/18/2013 8:48 am Published: 12/17/2013 10:24 pm

The biggest jobs announcement in nearly a decade comes with a development that will settle in north Tulsa County.

Macy's will build its newest order fulfillment center. The 1.3-million-square-foot facility will stretch the length of 46 football fields.

Tulsa chamber president Mike Neal says it will stretch Tulsa's economy too.

"The Tulsa region has emerged as a national leader for economic development," said Neal.

It will come with 1,500 jobs and another 1,000 temporary spots. Facility construction will employ 500 people.

"Macy's is a company that believes in giving back to the community, we're a partnership," said Frank Julian with Macy's.

Johnny west says Macy's is taking from the community.

"I don't have a hang up with development. I have a hang up with how they do things," said West

He's not happy about the guaranteed traffic or noise. West feels shunned.

"I moved in here, I built here; they can bury me here," said West.

"I had no idea, no earthly idea," said neighbor Dawn Cooper.

Cooper said she settled there to avoid everything Macy's is bringing.

"Government is too big. All they have to do is talk to people," said West.

Macy's estimates a contribution of $800 million growth in Tulsa's economy within the next decade.

"I've been here 37 years," said West.

Back then, he embraced this land as part of his future. Turns out, he and the rest of his neighbors would rather hold on to the past.
Construction will begin in April. It is set to be completed by April 2015.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/18/2013 10:57 AM
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Oh believe me low income housing will grow in that area along with low income jobs.

Unwashed Mass - 12/18/2013 12:17 AM
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The fact that Macy's was dishonest and not forthcoming with the neighbors should be a warning flag for what kind of employer they will be.

JesusFreakKass - 12/17/2013 11:47 PM
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This seems very self serving! Not like its low income housing it jobs and tax revenues!
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