|Updated: 9/27/2013 5:35 pm
||Published: 9/27/2013 5:13 pm
A multi-million dollar expansion is coming to Crosstimbers at Lake Skiatook.
That means more jobs and more visitors are coming to Skiatook. Crosstimbers broke ground Friday with not just Skiatook city leaders but also Tulsa area leaders.
FOX23 learned the more than $2 million; 7,000 square foot building isn't the only thing being built: a million dollar village around the center is coming too.
Shovels started the process of transforming a portion of Crosstimbers into an events center for weddings and receptions and corporate gatherings.
By this time next year developer Ron Howell says this will be a cornerstone for the village that will benefit more than the people who live on the lake.
"That will throw taxes back - property taxes- frankly sales taxes back to the community to support the schools and local government," he said.
FOX23 learned they expect more than 25,000 visitors the first year, creating not just more jobs but more business for places like Wilson’s Tall Chief Convenience store down the street from Crosstimbers.
"We have a lot of workers coming in and buying you know things and eating," said Jennifer England, she works with the store.
And once the construction starts in February, she said it should get even busier.
"Business is good. We have a lot of local and construction people coming in,” she said.
But she said she hopes the good turns to great.
FOX23 learned Texas-based Spring Events is funding and building the event center and Crosstimbers will fund and build the village.