New developments near 5th, Denver

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/11/2013 5:22 pm Published: 12/11/2013 4:53 pm

The plaza between the Tulsa County Courthouse and the downtown library is about to disappear.

The city will soon be extending 5th Street through the area. The fountain will be removed and there will be two lanes of traffic extending 5th Street from Denver to Frisco.

"Well, I hate to see the plaza go, but I also like to see progress," said David Phillips, a Tulsan.

Phillips thinks any development around here is good for Tulsa.

"Very happy that this will get more access to the hotel, and hopefully will, you know, let business prosper," he said.

It's a rebirth of the area with updates at the courthouse, the library being remodeled, old City Hall being transformed into the Aloft Hotel and the old YMCA being converted into apartments and lofts.

Others FOX23 talked to are just as excited about the redevelopment.

"I'm very excited about all of the development going on in the downtown area. I think it will be great. Absolutely, this needs done," said one person.

City engineer Paul Zachary said the $5 million project to extend 5th street won't be easy.

"It's going to be a complicated project to build. At the plaza level right near Denver, there's two parking levels down below that area. So what we're building, it's not necessarily a road, it's more of a bridge; a double-decker bridge," said Zachary.

But first they have to reinforce the deck that's there.

"It's in very poor condition. And even the Aloft, they've had to do a lot to reinforce the plaza level and the decks around there," he said.

But when all the projects happening around 5th and Denver are done, Phillips said it will be a big step in attracting tourists and business downtown.

"Well, I am pleased with the development. I think downtown is starting to come alive. It's good to see that happening," he said.

The city hopes to have the design finalized by January and to have a contractor picked and ready to start construction by April.

After that it will take at least a year to finish.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/11/2013 8:27 PM
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Based on eminent domain and for the good of the public with multi edged sword of not polluting tempered with savings of funding. Tunnel

Mayor Maynot - 12/11/2013 6:08 PM
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Sounds like a true waste of funds. What the city NEEDS to do is move all occupants out of the Salvation Army and the day center restructure those areas to house the courts and reduce their need for transportation of inmates from jail to court. Be a big savings. Especially since fuel jumped thirteen cents today :-)
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