New development helps Bixby and Tulsa grow together

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 2/19 4:59 am Published: 2/18 4:21 pm

The Memorial Road corridor south of 101st has certainly seen its share of growth in recent years.

FOX23’s Ron Terrell found new development on the Tulsa side of the street is also helping growth on the Bixby side.

The west side of the road is Tulsa and the east side is Bixby.

Even though some of the new developments, like the Vineyard on Memorial and Lifetime Fitness, are on the Tulsa side the Bixby chamber said any business is good business.

"I think anything you can do to build that traffic. If one person's coming to Lifetime Fitness they're going to drive right past here,” said Krystal Crockett, president and CEO of the Bixby Chamber.

Crocket told FOX23 even though tax revenue is split down Memorial, in the end both south Tulsa and Bixby stand to benefit.

“As it fills up on both sides of Memorial, everything is going to be pushed farther south into Bixby, and farther east even towards Mingo,” said Crockett.

In June FOX23 first reported about the Vineyard, a shopping center at 109th and Memorial that developers hope will create a Utica Square-feel in south Tulsa. Several of the shops are set to open next month.

“There is going to be a wine bar, as well as a New Orleans-style restaurant, as well as some other smaller stores,” said Crockett.

FOX23 caught up with some shoppers who are excited to see the growth in Bixby.

"It's exciting. Anytime something starts construction, I drive by it every day to see what it is,” said Anna Rath.

With new business comes new traffic. Crockett told FOX23 plans for road expansions are in the works.

"The city of Bixby is working on the 111th and Memorial intersection with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to widen that east side of the intersection,” said Crockett.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/19/2014 10:41 AM
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Fracking will help Bixby fall off into the river
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