|Updated: 4/23/2013 8:43 am
||Published: 4/22/2013 7:04 pm
The Tulsa Public School district put the brakes on the sale of vacant land where Barnard Elementary school was for decades.
A fire last September gutted the building, leaving it in ruins. The board was considering a bid from a local nursing home developer, but the land is in a historical neighborhood and some had a problem with a business being built there.
A quick glance down the old Gillette historic neighborhood reveals beautiful manicured lawns, tall trees and even a street lamp post.
Mary Price has lived in the area for 40 years and although her knee often gives her trouble, she still loves to be outdoors.
"The people have always taken pride about keeping everything up in this neighborhood,” she says.
Like many of her neighbors, she was concerned about what would happen to the piece of land after the building was destroyed. When FOX23 told her TPS was considering selling it to a local nursing home developer, she was not happy.
"I would really hate to see a business in there, because it's right in the middle of a neighborhood,” says Price.
Instead, she says she would love to see something the whole neighborhood can enjoy.
"A park would be nice with a place to walk and a place to sit, you know and maybe a little pond or a fountain,” she says.
Originally, the Tulsa School board was set to consider a $1.38 million dollar offer for the vacant land.
“We have since gotten some neighborhood reaction that the neighbors are not really in favor of that,” says TPS spokesman Chris Payne.
The district pulled the item from its school board agenda Monday night and will instead hold a community forum to find out what the community would like to see.
"We do want to make sure that our neighbors have a tenant on the property that they're going to be happy with."
TPS says it hopes to have a public forum this Thursday and let the developer meet with neighbors to ease their concerns. The property is up for sale for $1.38 million.