|Updated: 4/27/2012 9:48 pm
||Published: 4/27/2012 9:46 pm
The Shoppes on Peoria are now one step closer to being open for business.
Friday, organizers held a “Topping Ceremony” to celebrate the skeletal completion of the building.
The final beam to be put in place was not just a piece of steel. For everyone who signed it, it represents "hope" that the "Shoppes on Peoria" will bring economic development back to north Tulsa.
"Today is a great day," said Councilor Jack Henderson.
It's taken four years, but Lorna Doyle is among many who celebrate this day and what's ahead.
"There are a lot of people who don't have jobs. I know that I can bring quite a few jobs," said Doyle.
Those jobs are needed in North Tulsa. Doyle is with the Tulsa Economic Development Council's "Forward Program," a program people go through to start a business using a franchise plan to model after.
Doyle owns T-Town Senior Cabs. She says it's important for the entire city to invest in North Tulsa.
"It will help to bring back up our area of North Tulsa so people can realize this is a good place to spend their dollars and provide jobs, provide opportunities for small business," said Doyle.
"This is the start of something big for North Tulsa.
The Development Council predicts the Shoppes on Peoria could quickly provide 100 jobs. Those are jobs for people who live in this community, who will spend their money here and believe in its future.
"It means the pride in this community will comeback, said Doyle. “It means the community coming back together and feeling good about it."
The Shoppes on Peoria development is scheduled to open by November.