New development planned for downtown Tulsa

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 7/12/2013 9:27 pm Published: 7/12/2013 4:56 pm

New developments are coming to an area of downtown Tulsa you may have never heard of.

Core, Associates, LLC plans to buy the old Tulsa Fire Department headquarters at 5th Street and Frankfort in an area called the East Village.

They'll have more than four acres on which they'll build part retail, part residential and part office space.

First, it was the Blue Dome District, then the Brady District and then came the Pearl District.

"I love it. I love that it's becoming a more populated area, and like the nightlife is really great," said Stephanie Mason, a Tulsan who wants the change.

Soon, the East Village will start transforming from an abandoned industrial zone into downtown's next hot spot.

"I think we'll be really surprised to see all of the change that will occur over there when we come back maybe three years from now and things are up and going," said Delise Tomlinson with the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Another investor announced plans to build lofts in the east village.

While Mason loves the growth she's seen, she isn't buying into the East Village yet.

"I just don't really think that area has it. I've never been over there. I pretty much just stay in the Blue Dome, and then the Deco," said Mason.

But Tomlinson, who oversees downtown development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, said with development also underway in the Greenwood District the entire eastern half of downtown is ready to explode from the Brady area down.

Terrance Pemberton sees the same potential.

"What they did down there by 6th Street and Peoria, it looks real good. If you can get that linked up and matched up, I could see a nice little stretch," he said.

The Tulsa Development Authority hopes Core Associates can get their development up and running by 2015.

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