Tulsa businessman hopes development will transform west Tulsa

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/08/2013 6:39 pm Published: 8/08/2013 4:08 pm

A Tulsa businessman is hoping to turn his blueberry farm into a planned community that will transform west Tulsa.

Dr. Richard Presley believes the 23 acres of land located at west 41st and south 49th West Avenue has big potential.

The land is filled with ponds and blueberry bushes.

The owner unveiled plans at a Rotary Club meeting Wednesday night and is hoping he will have the support he needs to make it happen.

Presley purchased the property about 11 years ago to use as a place for young people to fellowship.

Years later, he's dreaming big again.

“On the front of the property we would like to do some mixed use with retail and office space with financial and residential quarters," he said.

Lining the land bridge will be stands for local vendors and a farmer's market as well as a restaurant and community center.

There will also be space for residential options.

“Yes, I believe this will really help spur some retail and development in this area of town."

Presley said he likes the idea of having everything you need in one space.

“We are still getting ready to submit these plans to Incog. If we get approved then we can start some of the preliminary work as far as putting up some of the buildings," he said.

Although the project is still in the planning stages with financial and zoning questions still unanswered, he said the community has been very encouraging.

"I’ve been shocked by the warm reception we've gotten by the folks down there. They have been nothing but supportive and helpful."

FOX23 placed several calls to the County Commissioner's Office to talk to them about the project, but have not heard back yet.

Presley hopes to break ground on the first building by next spring.

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Mayor Maynot - 8/9/2013 5:24 AM
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Good luck

Mayor Maynot - 8/9/2013 5:12 AM
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Blueberries dont talk back :)
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