• Jenks city councilors approve zoning change for outlet mall

    By: Rick Maranon


    JENKS, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Jenks approved a zoning change that will allow for an outlet mall there Monday.
    • The mall project was moved to Jenks after Simon Malls pulled out of Tulsa because of controversy over its proposed location.
    • Construction could begin as soon as summer 2016.

    Jenks city councilors gave the thumbs up Monday for construction to begin on an outlet mall there.

    Monday night, city leaders unanimously to rezone an area in Jenks, and it will be a big milestone for the outlet mall to begin construction.

    Some construction has already started. Crews have laid utility lines and begun to build roads up to the mall site.

    The land where the proposed mall would sit is still zoned as agriculture.

    Jenks came into possession of the Simon Premium Outlet Mall proposal after they pulled out of Tulsa because of controversy over its proposed location near Turkey Mountain.

    The mall company moved the project to Jenks, and after the land was rezoned Monday night to a riverfront tourist development, there will be no more legal hurdles for what can be built on the site in the way of the already revealed mall plans.

    Crews expect to officially break ground on the mall buildings next summer and open as early as summer 2017 or as late as Christmas of that year.

    Simon Malls said they are happy to find a new site in Jenks after facing backlash from Tulsa residents.

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