Shoppes on Peoria moving forward

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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.

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watchdog11 - 5/1/2012 11:15 PM
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Would love to see them succeed beyond their wildest expectations, but I really doubt they will do any better than the ones who went before, the problem isn't so much the location as the values and attitudes of the residents. Maybe this time the people will rise to the occasion and opportunity, we'll watch and hope.

dabbledoo - 5/1/2012 1:41 PM
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I'm happy that there will be new business on the North side...wonder how long before they will have to close up due to burglaries by the very people they are striving to help...

watchdog11 - 5/1/2012 1:12 AM
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I don't think I said all thieves are from the North side, I live there and I'm not a thief, it is true however that Albertsons had to close because of shoplifting and theft by employees, sorry if the truth offends you make of that what you want. Yes as a matter of fact,I do pay attention to other shoppers when I shop, and I see people stealing all the time, some are not black, but most are. I have been to the story about the Straits, and I would join the Alert Neighbors if I lived in the area, we have the same program in my neighborhood, I am a member, for over 6 years, I also have a conceal and carry license.

DjandDreasmom - 4/30/2012 6:39 PM
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To be honest when Im shopping Im not paying attention to the other shoppers to notice if they are robbing the place blind. And Im sure you don't either when your shopping. Stores get robbed on all sides of town. Ciminals dont just reside in North Tulsa and surprising as it may be their not all black either. (OMG their not all balck are you serious??) Seems North Tulsa strikes out AGAIN with the Northside critics, by gholly I hope one dy they do something right. Oh, yea you might want to hop on over to the story about the the Straits neighbors starting a neighborhood watch in their name and see what horrible things you can say about that. May God bless you

watchdog11 - 4/28/2012 7:19 PM
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Sadly nothing so far has succeeded, Albertsons was literally shop lifted and robbed out of existence, as long as people on the North side let it slide when the crime is committed by one of their own and don't talk to the police, investors are wasting their money building businesses there. Just a matter of time, but at the end at least no one can say we didn't try to help that area...well they can, and probably will, but knowing we tried....(sigh) still won't change a thing...

roadster05r - 4/28/2012 2:13 PM
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I wonder how long it will be, before the windows are boarded up? I hope the venture succeeds, but it will only survive if the residents up there refuse to tolerate the thugs. Time will tell.
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