|Updated: 1/18/2012 4:47 pm
||Published: 1/17/2012 5:48 pm
The Shoppes on Peoria has been in the works for nearly four years.
Last week, the city council voted to give the project more than a million dollars. It was the final piece of funding the project needed. The Tulsa Economic Development Corporation needed nearly $4-million to complete it.
Construction is set to begin next week.
One business owner, who signed on to put a shop in that plaza, says it’s worth it because it's a good way to give back to her community.
Nicole Smallwood is the Co-Owner of Tropical Smoothie in Tulsa Hills. She wants to help make North Tulsa get more economic development.
"I grew up in north Tulsa, said Smallwood. “There's really a need not just for the community but the people who work in north Tulsa."
The need is for more businesses and more development in that part of the city. The mother of two plans to open her second shop in that plaza along north Peoria with a dozen other business owners, who are investing in the health and future of this part of Tulsa.
Smallwood sees beyond the flashing lights and police reports.
"I think there's crime all over the City,” she said. “I'm looking beyond all that and I'm looking at the big picture."
Rose Washington is the Executive Director of TEDC. She has been working to get the shopping center up and running.
"The big vision is to give people what they want,” said Washington. “To make north Tulsa a thriving, self-sufficient community."
Shoppes on Peoria will also include a UPS store, a shoe store and a restaurant.
The new shopping center is expected to bring in 50 jobs.
Developers hope to open in November of this year.